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Harvest Festival or Persephone soup cup - Around 1952

Harvest Festival or Persephone soup cup
    Harvest Festival or Persephone soup cup

Harvest Festival soup cup printed underglaze in black, enhanced by blue enamel colour with shaded band on border of loops. The pattern, by Eric Ravilious, is closely related to a drawing called 'Harvest Festival and Loaves' at a church in Castle Hedingham in Essex near where the Ravilious family lived. However this design is better known as Persephone. It was advertised as such in 1938. In this example from 1953 the Harvest Festival name is back in use.

Harvest Festival soup cup printed underglaze in black, enhanced by blue enamel colour with shaded band on border of loops. The pattern, by Eric Ravilious, is closely related to a drawing called 'Harvest Festival and Loaves' at a church in Castle Hedingham in Essex near where the Ravilious family lived. However this design is better known as Persephone. It was advertised as such in 1938. In this example from 1953 the Harvest Festival name is back in use. In 1952 the Persephone border was used in gold on bone china and re-introduced as Coronation Golden Persephone, a design which was adapted fopr the Coronation Banquet service.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/soup cup & saucer
  • Mark: HARVEST FESTIVAL
    DESIGNED BY
    RAVILIOUS
    WEDGWOOD
    OF ETRURIA
    & BARLASTON
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    6
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: Around 1952
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: transfer-printed, colour washed
  • Accession number: 11178c
  • Dimensions: 172 mm (width), 130 mm (depth), 55 mm (height)

Related people

  • Eric Ravilious Designer

    Eric Ravilious - Designer (1903 - 1942)

    Eric William Ravilious was born in west London and trained at the Eastbourne School of Art, winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1922. He studied engraving, illustration, colour printing and mural painting. Ravilious was introduced to Tom Wedgwood in about 1935 by Lady Cecilia Sempill, and worked for the Wedgwood firm between 1936 and 1940. His first design to go into production was the commemorative mug originally produced for the Coronation of Edward VIII, and adapted for that of George VI in 1937. His work for Wedgwood not only included these designs for commemorative wares, but also incorporated patterns for dinner and tea ware, lemonade sets and nurseryware. Because of wartime restrictions on the production of decorated ware, many of his designs were not put into production in any quantities until the 1950s. In 1940, Ravilious was made an Official War Artist, but was lost on active service in 1942. His designs for Wedgwood included 'Afternoon Tea', engraved in 1937. 'Garden' designed about 1939 and put into production during the 1950's. 'Persephone' designed around 1938 and 'Travel' pattern, designed about 1937.

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