- Museum number
- Series: Century Dinner Service
Dinner-plate; from a dinner service; earthenware; tear-shaped; glazed white; stencilled decoration in red, pink, green and grey; no marks.
- Production date
1955 (designed circa)
1956 (made from)
Length: 29.30 centimetres
Width: 25.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', revised ed. 1994, no. 441
See also Rudoe 1991, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Cat.333-335 and 358-361. (1989,0107.1-3, 1989,1104.1, 1990,1202.1-4)
Also the revised edition, Rudoe 1994, Cat. 336a-d, 337a-e, 338, 339a-c, 440, 442a-b, 443a-d, 444a-c, 445-8.
In set with 1992.0715.7-14
Like 'Tomorrow's Classic' ('Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Cat. 436-440), 'Century' was designed in white, but with a range of different patterns to meet the demand for decorated tableware. The pattern on the dinner-plate was designed by Charles Seliger. See Eidelberg 1984, figs.71-4 for examples of the 'Century' range.
Information supplementary to Rudoe 1994:
A letter from the American artist Charles Seliger to Judy Rudoe dated 8/5/01 is held in the Prints and Drawings files. He denies any involvement with Eva Zeisel's Hallcraft dinnerware 'Bouquet' and states emphatically that the only project he worked on with Eva Zeisel was in 1952, "when I created the only two original designs that represented my own style, 'Dawn' and 'Arizona'. My job at the Commercial Decal Company in those early days was simply designing very ordinary renderings of pretty flowers for open stock porcelain and earthern dinnerware, and eventually for plastics as well. In the late 1960s I ceased designing, when I became Senior Vice President of the Company and dealt with administrative matters."
Information supplementary to Rudoe 1991/1994:
For the most recent discussion of the 'Century' service, see Pat Kirkham (ed), 'Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty', San Francisco 2013, pp. 114-117.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number