Town and Country salt shaker
Eva Zeisel ( American, 1906 - 2011 )
Red Wing Potteries ( American, 1878 - 1969 )
- designed c. 1950
In the mid-1940s the president of Red Wing Pottery, Hubert Haddon Varney, asked Eva Zeisel if she could design a line that captured the eccentric spirit of Greenwich Village and appealed to young consumers who embraced a casual lifestyle after World War II. The result was Town and Country, which Red Wing introduced in 1947 and manufactured through the early 1950s. Free-form in shape and bold in color, the line, like Russel Wright's American Modern, was meant to be mixed and matched. In its sales literature Red Wing promoted it as "luncheon ware" and said it was created by "Eva Zeisel, one of Americca's foremost designers." It went on to say, "Town and Country is made in six colors: Dusk Blue, Forest Green, Metallic Brown, Chartreuse, Grey, and Rust. Each color was selected for its individual smartness as well as its ability to blend with any one or all of the other colors. Unusual and distinctive table settings can be arranged from this selection of colors, the versatility of which lends itself equally to modern interior or outdoor serving." In short, Town and Country was promoted as "contemporary, functional, colorful, smart."
Charles L. Venable, China and Glass in America 1880-1980 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 423.