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"Fantasque" Vase

Designer:
Clarice Cliff (British, 1899–1972)
Manufacturer:
A. J. Wilkinson, Ltd. (British)
Date:
1929–39
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 6, Diam. 3-1/2 in. (15.2 x 8.9 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Pear and Louis K. Meisel, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.172.4
Not on view
Descended from a long line of potters, Cliff became one as well. Her color palette and decorative vocabulary, however, are unique. She produced two fanciful, popular ranges of Staffordshire pottery, "Bizarre" for the Newport Pottery and "Fantasque" for A. J. Wilkinson Ltd., both of which are characterized by abstract geometric patterns and stylized Art Deco landscapes.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (on base, printed in black): Hand Painted / Fantastique by / Clarice Cliff / Wilkinson Ltd. / England; (incised): 28c / (scratched): 17x
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.

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