This impressive and now very rare design is from the Cheviot range by Glynn Colledge at Denby, mid 1950’s.
I think this is one of the most impressive modernist designs from the hand of Glynn Colledge. It was released simultaneously with another outstanding series called Tigo Ware, designed by Tibor Reich.
I was fortunate to come across the piece below several years ago on eBay, but haven’t seen a piece since.
About “Cheviot” the book “Denby Pottery 1809-1997”, Hopwood:
Cheviot was quite different from any of Glyn’s previous work. It reflected his awareness of the latest design trends and demonstrated his flexibility…..Glynn with his love of colour and decoration, could not resist embellishing Cheviot. He created one version with a matt finish, in black, dark grey or khaki, which was covered in finely drawn, abstract sgraffito, often including crystals, stars or simple stylised leaves. A second highly coloured version was glazed in yellow, blue or lilac with black tube lining, or in red or green with white tube lining. Some patterns were geometric, some herring bone and others were organic.
Denby Cheviot – Image via thesaleroom.com
Below is an image from the Hopwood Denby book, of a group of Cheviot Vases – featuring the most outstanding pieces from the series. Love to get hold of even one of these superb pieces of mid-century design one day!
Denby Cheviot Group – Hopwood
Quite a rare find. This very attractive geometric design is Arabia Finland’s “Revontuli”, produced at Arabia from 1954 – 1963.
The form design is of course classic Kaj Franck, on his “TM” Shape, and the pattern design is by Raija Uosikkinen.
The TM shape was design by Franck in 1948, inspired by a coffee service in made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory of St. Petersburg for Emperor Paul 1 of Russia.
When designing this form Franck did not include a recess in the saucer to hold the cup, which kept the form pure in appearance – and as a consequence the saucer can also be used as a small sweet/cake plate.
Raija designed 3 colour-ways for the series as far as I can find out – Blue, Red and a Yellow Ochre.
Arabia Finland Revontuli Blue
Arabia Finland Revontuli Red
Until recently I hadnt come across this fantastic design in real life.
This is the blue version of “Faenza”, Arabia Finland 1973-1979.
The very functional, clean lined forms (The EH Series) were designed by Peter Winquist, for which he won an international ceramics design prize.
The decoration/design is by Inkeri Seppälä (better known as Inkeri Leivo) .
The decoration on Faenza came in brown, black, blue and yellow- and the blue is such an intense, vibrant colour – and tends to be the more collectable (and thus expensive version nowadays). As far as I have been able to find out the yellow and black were without any pattern, just the banding.
Arabia Faenza – Blue