A stunning Shelley Vogue Shape Tea Set for Two in the Blue and Mauve Harmony design, Pattern # 12034/12.
Very Good, all perfect except the sugar bowl which has been restored
In 1919 Eric Slater joined Shelley China, following in Walter, his father's footsteps. Taught by his father he soon took responsibility for the design of whole new shapes and ranges. His first major success was the Queen Anne shape. This china design was a huge success and was produced until 1933. Art Deco collectors love the Mode and Vogue shapes, launched in 1930. Their angular and unconventional shapes were complemented by the ‘Blocks’ series of patterns, which were based on overlapping squares and rectangles in solid colours. These cubist designs captured the spirit of Art Deco and were very successful. To this day Mode and Vogue remain the definitive Shelley Art Deco tableware designs and even incomplete sets fetch good prices at auction. Although very beautiful, they were definitely not the most practical china. In order to address this a third shape, Eve, was designed. Eve’s hollowed out handles and narrower opening meant that it was easier to use, although this was at the expense of the purity of design.