"Biarritz" shape salad plate


Clarice Cliff ( British, 1899 - 1972 )


A. J. Wilkinson Ltd. (Royal Staffordshire Pottery)

c. 1925
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General Description

Square plates became a fashionable alternative to the more conventional round shape early in the 1930s, as designers sought to express a new vocabulary of geometrical forms inspired by the Machine Age. Difficult to produce without sagging corners or warped edges, these shapes were technologically and aesthetically challenging. Clarice Cliff, a famous British designer, created playful works like the Biarritz line, based on the geometric designs of French silversmith Jean Tetard. This salad plate features a stylized "P" monogram on the lower right.

Adapted from

  • Charles L. Venable, Ellen P. Denker, Katherine C. Grier, Stephen G. Harrison, China and Glass in America, 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 432, cat. 55.

  • DMA unpublished material, Label text [1996.187.1], transcribed 2017.