A PAIR OF ART DECO CANDLE STICKS BY LAURA KNIGHT
A PAIR OF ART DECO CANDLE STICKS BY LAURA KNIGHT
A PAIR OF ART DECO CANDLE STICKS BY LAURA KNIGHT

DAME LAURA KNIGHT RA (1877-1970)
CLARICE CLIFF (1899-1972)

A PAIR OF ART DECO CANDLE STICKS BY LAURA KNIGHT

c. 1934 United Kingdom

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Extremely rare this superb pair of Candle sticks, designed by laura Knight for the 1935 Harrods Exhibition, produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff.
These are 1st Edition 1934, so they would have been produced for the Exhibition and not produced from a later order.
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Known today as The Harrods Exhibition, this fascinating venture involved the bone-china manufacturers E Brain & Co Ltd (now part of Wedgwood's Coalport), earthenware producers A J Wilkinson's Ltd, and their subsidiary Newport Pottery (where the already famous Clarice Cliff was Art Director) and Stourbridge glass manufacturers Stuart & Sons, known today as Stuart Crystal. The resulting exhibition was to feature some 60 designs and displayed the talents of 27 leading artists, many of whom were new to the constraints of industrial ceramic and glass design.

Attracting considerable press, and filling the china halls of Harrods in November 1934, the event was opened by Royal College of Art principal Sir William Rotherstein, in the company of Harrods chairman and managing director Sir Woodham Burbidge. Well received by both trade and press, the exhibition was favorably reviewed by over 30 newspapers and periodicals, including most of the national daily's.

The Times was to describe the event as 'amazing in its vividness and beauty' and with the submitting artists reading like a Who's Who of British talent, the displayed patterns ranged from Old English rustic to the most modern of linear designs.

In an extraordinary marketing ploy, all the earthenware (produced by Wilkinson's) was to include Clarice Cliffs name, alongside that of the artist, claiming the wares used to be part of the Bizarre range. This was to include, rather confusingly, the special shapes designed by Dame Laura Knight, DBE, ARA, for her showstopper Circus pattern. Produced as a complete table service, with matching glassware, each piece shows different circus themes which include seals, horses, acrobats and tightrope walkers, linked by a recurring clown motif. The design was to feature centrally in the exhibition and included specially shaped tureens, jugs and a teapot. Crowning the display was a Circus lamp base, 19" high, composed of clowns forming a human tower, supporting five female acrobats. Again, the backstamp claimed it to be produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff.

Dimensions
Height 12.00 cm (4.72 inches)
Width 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Stock Code
735
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