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"Bizarre" Sugar Caster

Designer:
Clarice Cliff (British, 1899–1972)
Manufacturer:
Worskhop of A. J. Wilkinson, Ltd. (British)
Manufacturer:
Newport Pottery
Date:
1929–39
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 5-1/4, W. 2-7/8 inches (13.3 x 7.3 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Pear and Louis K. Meisel, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.172.5
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.
Marking: (painted faintly in black on base) Fantastique/Hand Painted/Bizarre by/Clarice Cliff/ Newport Pottery/England/ (printed on reverse): Made in England
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009.

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