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Post by seandux on February 19th 2017, 2:08 pm

Hi All. I recently found this bowl in a local auction that I think is one of the items designed by Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe between the late 1940's early 1950's for Royal Lancastrian. Asymmetrical it measures 25 cm x 27 cm & between 6 & 9 cm (lowest height to maximum height) and weighs a whopping 1.2 kgs. There is no pattern or mold number on the underside just the marks ROYAL LANCASTRIAN MADE IN ENGLAND and P inside a Rose. From what I have been able to find so far it does seem to conform to her designs - asymmetrical, white rim, coloured interior and a matt black exterior. If anyone could confirm it would be greatly appreciated (it may prove to be one of my best bargain buys ever). Many thanks - help appreciated

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Post by denbydump on February 19th 2017, 2:10 pm

Yes it looks right. There are several variations of the basic shape and size, and
also several colours.
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Post by seandux on February 20th 2017, 7:11 am

Thanks - Many thanks for the quick reply and much appreciated the confirmation. Is there any online resource about Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe and her designs for Royal Lancastrian?
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Post by denbydump on February 20th 2017, 7:47 am

I'm not sure that she did any other designs for them.
She also designed textiles (for David Whitehead).
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Post by studio-pots on February 20th 2017, 9:46 am

As the name suggests, she was American by birth and originally studied there before moving to Paris. However, she met her future husband, who was a British academic, in 1949 and this resulted in her settling in England.

I believe DD is correct and by profession she was really an architectural sculptor. However, perhaps her most famous design, although not for Pilkington's, is the BAFTA award (the mask statuette).

She died in 2006.

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Post by denbydump on February 20th 2017, 11:27 am

The fabric she designed is on my website (Centre yellow).

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Post by seandux on February 21st 2017, 8:57 am

Multi-talented as you say. After much searching (you seem to best results if you google Mitzi Cunliffe Royal Lancastrian) I can see she designed a number of items for Royal Lancastrian, all in a very modernist style. I actually had one of the others (an asymmetrical sectioned bowl) some years ago but it was very badly damaged and I let it go. Anyway now added to my ever growing collection of glass and ceramics for which I never have enough space to display.
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Post by denbydump on February 21st 2017, 4:39 pm

There is a variant on the bowls I had many years ago, with a sgraffito white horse
inside the bowl, carved through the colour. Not sure if it was her actual design though.
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Post by r-and-f on February 21st 2017, 5:08 pm

Weird coincidence:  I'd never heard of Mitzi Cunliffe until seeing this posting yesterday, but went to an auction viewing today and saw this:
http://auctions.lyonandturnbull.com/auction-lot-detail/MITZI-CUNLIFFE-%281918-2006%29-FOR-DAVID-WHITEHEAD-LTD.%2C-RAWTENS/497++++++171+/++215445
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Post by brin mcardle on February 21st 2017, 5:25 pm

What a great auction !
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Post by brin mcardle on February 21st 2017, 5:26 pm

And Denby love those curtains...wonder if they are still available ?
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Post by denbydump on February 21st 2017, 7:31 pm

My big fabric collection stil has no Mitzi!
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Post by Mordeep on February 21st 2017, 8:51 pm

There are a couple of great Lancastrian books available that will give you all the detail you could want. The most recent one by the society is a must have for those interested in the company.
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Post by seandux on February 22nd 2017, 7:06 am

Have you got details of the publications?
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