Eric Ravilious Garden Series Coffee Service for Wedgwood For Sale
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Eric Ravilious Garden Series Coffee Service for Wedgwood


An original Eric Ravilious designed 4 piece coffee service for Wedgwood from the Garden Series, designed circa 1938 and produced for circa 1951-1954, comprising a coffee pot with cover, covered sugar bowl and 2 creamers in different shapes, in transfer printed black with yellow highlights on a white field with the designer's characteristic graphic and very charming depictions of garden activities. The coffee pot features on each side a male gardener pushing a wheel barrow full of potted plants below a large deciduous tree, with ladder and garden implements to the side. The lids of the coffee pot and sugar bowl depict 4 vignettes: A basket of apples, a woman gardener bending down to pick up fruit, a wheel barrow filled with pruned tree limbs and a ladder with logs. All 4 pieces have stylized 1930s wavy bands, with yellow highlights. The shapes are typical Wedgwood neoclassical forms which date to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Signed with printed Wedgwood mark , The Garden Series By Ravilious on the bottom of each piece. Inn addition to this service, we have available 6 demitasse cups withs saucers. The Garden series was designed in 1938, but not produced until after World War II in the 1950s. Eric Ravilious studied at Eastbourne School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art, where he studied under Paul Nash and became close friends with Edward Bawden. He began his working life as a muralist, first coming to notice as an artist in 1924. He went on to become one of the best-known artists of the 1930s. He was the leading light of wood-engraving in England at that time, and undertook ceramic designs for Wedgwood. He also designed graphics for London Transport. His work is highly collectible and sets of his Wedgwood designs are rare. Dimensions of each piece: Coffe/tea pot 7" H x 7" W x 4" D Sugar bowl 4" H x 5 1/2" W x 4 1/2" D Creamers 2 1/4" H x 5" W x 3 1/2" D 2 1/2" H x 4" W x 3" D.


  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1951-1954
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  • Materials and Techniques
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  • Dimensions
    H 7 in. x W 7 in. x D 4 in.H 17.78 cm x W 17.78 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    Essex, MA
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
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About Wedgwood (Maker)

Arguably the most celebrated of all English ceramics makers, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). The company is famed for its Jasperware — molded Neoclassical stoneware vases, plates and other pieces, inspired by ancient cameo glass, featuring white figures, scenes and decorative elements set in relief on a matte colored background. The best-known background hue is light blue, but Wedgwood’s iconic silhouettes also appear on green, lilac, yellow, black and even white grounds. Some pieces use three or more colors.

     The Wedgwood firm first came to prominence for its tableware, which quickly gained favor in aristocratic households throughout Britain and Europe. In 1765, Wedgwood was commissioned to create a cream-colored earthenware service for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The queen was so thrilled with her new china that Wedgwood was given permission to call himself “Potter to Her Majesty,” and the decorative style became known as Queen’s Ware. Not to be outdone, Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned her own set of Wedgwood china in 1773. Nearly 200 years later, the firm created a 1,200-piece service for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In recent years, leading designers including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have collaborated with Wedgwood — in the tradition of such distinguished 18th century artists such as the painter George Stubbs and metalsmith Matthew Boulton.

     From plates and other dinnerware to decorative items like urns, cachepots and candlesticks, Wedgwood designs lend a traditional air to Anglophile interiors. And even if you have to make your own tea, you may find it comforting to sip it from a delicate cup that was manufactured in the same Stoke-on-Trent kiln that produced Her Majesty’s tea service. Be sure to keep your pinky raised.

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