"Biarritz" shape dinner plate

MAKER:
Designer

Clarice Cliff ( British, 1899 - 1972 )


Maker

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

DATE:
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 dinner plate features stylized, Art Deco tulips with an "L" monogram on the lower left.

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  • DMA unpublished material, Label text [1996.187.1], transcribed 2017.