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Queen's ware shell-shaped bowl - 1935

Queen's ware shell-shaped bowl
    Queen's ware shell-shaped bowl

This shell-shaped bowl is typical of production immediately prior to World War Two. The form of the shell is shape 4206 and it is decorated in Moonstone glaze that was introduced by Norman Wilson in 1932. Shape 4206 was introduced after 1934 and was probably designed in 1935. It is listed in the Wedgwood Catalogue of Bodies Glazes and Shapes Current for 1940-1950, where it was available with a clear or Moonstone glaze. We believe this object to date from 1935.

This shell-shaped bowl is typical of production immediately prior to World War Two. The form of the shell is shape 4206 and it is decorated in Moonstone glaze that was introduced by Norman Wilson in 1932. Shape 4206 was introduced after 1934 and was probably designed in 1935. It is listed in the Wedgwood Catalogue of Bodies Glazes and Shapes Current for 1940-1950, where it was available with a clear or Moonstone glaze. We believe this object to date from 1935. Josiah Wedgwood's interest in shell forms inspired his own production in the 18th century, and the company has continued to innovate and introduce new versions and forms throughout successive generations. The Victorian period in particular saw a number of new shell forms introduced.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    of ETRURIA
    & BARLASTON
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    CS
    [Printed in black]
    WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    (Indistinct additional impressed mark)
  • Year produced: 1935
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: matt green
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: glazed, moulded
  • Accession number: 13808
  • Dimensions: 210 mm (approximate length), 140 mm (approximate width), 140 mm (approximate height)

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  • Norman Wilson Associated

    Norman Wilson - Associated (1902 - 1985)

    Norman Wilson was born in 1902 and a master potter, designer and inventor. He was Works Manager at Etruria from 1927, Production Director from 1946 and Joint Managing Director from 1961. Norman Wilson was educated at Ellesmere College and graduated as a silver medallist from the North Staffordshire Technical College. He worked for a short period with his father who was also a china manufacturer before emigrating to Canada where he broke in polo ponies. He was recalled to the Wedgwood company by Frank Wedgwood who appointed him Works Manager at Etruria in September 1927. Norman Wilson was responsible for the introduction of the first gas-fired tunnel ovens at the factory as well as a wide range of new bodies, shapes and glazes. Mr. Wilson during the period 1930-1960 experimented and produced a wide range of Ornamental items such as vases and bowls in a range of ceramic bodies, and exhibiting a wide variety of glazes. He died in 1985. His son, Andrew Norman Wilson (best known as A.N.Wilson), born in 1950, is a writer, newspaper columnist and broadcaster.

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