Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936-37 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare

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Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936-37 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936-37 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936-37 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936-37 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare
Clarice Cliff Ceramic Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery, 1936-37 Raffia Indiana Series, Woven Textured Dish, British, Rare

This touch-inviting work of art pottery is by the famous English ceramic artist and Art Director of Newport Pottery, Clarice Cliff (b. 1899 - d.1972). This particular piece comes from the Raffia Indiana series by Cliff in 1936(-37) with the form and hand painted décor being inspired by Native American basketware.

The exquisitely tactile design came during a time when taste was towards heavily modelled ware. Cliff reflected this preference into the intricately ribbed ridges on the 8 concentric bands and the carefully painted décor of this dish. This design also came during the time of Cliff's successful breakthrough into international fame, where she received unprecedented publicity and when the phrase 'career woman' did not exist. 

This refined piece is an excellent representation of Cliff's innate ability to bring forth and elevate the unique qualities in something that is otherwise seemingly simple. Stylistically timeless, the combination of the design with the colour palette and its condition makes it a particularly rare find.

CONDITION
Excellent. There are no chips or repairs, or crazing. There is insignificant and ageing to the glaze that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the dish is stamped with Cliff's 'Clarice Cliff, NEWPORT POTTERY, ENGLAND' and further stamped with 'REGISTRATION APPLIED FOR' that was in use between 1928-36 as Cliff had to register her designs to deter copies. 

Please note that the dish/plate stand is not included.

MEASUREMENTS
Height: c. 1.3" / 3.3 cm (from base to rim) x c. 9.2" / 23.4 cm diameter (excluding handles). Diameter: c. 11" / 28 cm (including handles). Base diameter: c. 4.6" / 11.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 530 g

NOTES
Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

 

A BIT OF HISTORY
Clarice Cliff (1899 - 1972)
Born in the city of Stoke on Trent that was made famous by its pottery in 1899, Cliff was working in one of the many factories by the time she was 13 and by the late 1920s she was designing the colourful pottery that would blossom her career. Her striking signature characteristics appeared in her use of colour, pattern and form design. Innovative and talented, she would go on to become Art Director for Newport Pottery in 1930. 

Cliff became successful and internationally famous on an unprecedented level for a woman ceramic artist despite being known for being shy. Her colourful life and unmistakable skills in design are still being celebrated in modern day.