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Post by lindylou08 August 4th 2015, 3:21 pm

Hi
Hoping someone can shed some light on this tankard.

Marked 'Made Exclusively for the Royal Academy of Arts by Stephen Dixon'. Not sure what the body is ? stoneware . Moulded design , which appears slightly saucy (IMO ) but have included an ' innocent' image   Embarrassed  Handle is formed as a dragon

I've searched but unable to find anything at the moment . There is a seriously good potter by the same name - Ceramacist in residence at V&A 2009-10  but sure it's nothing to do with him as his work bears absolutely no resemblance

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Post by NaomiM August 4th 2015, 4:53 pm

Here's his bio. Nice stuff.

http://www.cumbrianblues.com/hotoffthepress/cumbrian_blues/selling_contemporary_ceramics.htm

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Post by lindylou08 August 4th 2015, 5:04 pm

Yes, but unfortunately images of his work show not the remotest hint that he may have produced this !!
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Post by NaomiM August 4th 2015, 5:09 pm

I disagree. Several Medieval-style pieces by him on google images. The tankard is a production piece but the figural decoration is in a similar style to those on his individual pieces.

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Post by NaomiM August 4th 2015, 5:13 pm

A couple of examples off Pinterest

http://pinterest.com/pin/175077504241320069/

http://pinterest.com/pin/175077504241320067/

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Post by lindylou08 September 4th 2015, 2:41 pm

I contacted Stephen Dixon to see if there was any further info. He is now a Professor at the Crafts Research Centre, Manchester School of Art .

He very kindly responded
'........yes its one of mine, made soon after I graduated from the RCA in 1986. It was a commission from the Royal Academy for their 'Age of Chivalry' exhibition, a limited edition of 200 as I remember. I still have two of my own. Its a beer tankard, inspired by a medieval misericord image of ale-wives condemned to hell for serving bad beer! ......'

So not 'cheeky' after all
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Post by matted September 10th 2017, 2:06 am

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Help! Major Mystery Score today in the MPLS MN area. Watering can with a Beauty & the Beast theme. So many wonderful things going on with this piece -- apparently unsigned (inconceivable!?!), unless the large low relief wax seal looking mark is actually a chop, but it feels decorative to me. 18.5" x 12.5" x 10"


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Post by Mud Baker September 10th 2017, 11:36 pm

Stephen Dixon - Yes
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Post by NaomiM September 10th 2017, 11:58 pm

Definitely his work. Doesn't really need a mark, but I think the unicorn and lion cartouche maybe one of his marks.

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Post by hercules brabazon September 11th 2017, 12:30 pm

NaomiM wrote:Definitely his work. Doesn't really need a mark, but I think the unicorn and lion cartouche maybe one of his marks.

.. and it is in fact given as his mark in BSPM, described as a "spoof coat-of-arms" in use from 1985. The drawing in the book makes it clear that the lion and unicorn are supporting a carrot, rather than a shield.
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Post by matted September 11th 2017, 11:06 pm

Yes, gathered that...confirmed by Mr. Dixon that it is indeed his.
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