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Comprehensively Clarice Cliff

An Atlas of over 2,000 Patterns, Shapes and Backstamps

Greg Slater

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A comprehensive guide to the dazzling ceramics of Clarence Cliff - a must-have for Art Deco collectors


The dazzling ceramics of Clarice Cliff and of the Wilkinson Pottery that first encouraged her work in the 1920s are among the best of many fine achievements of the renowned Staffordshire Potteries in the English Midlands. Today they have become one of the great collectables from the twentieth century. The exuberant colours and bold shapes of her classic Art Deco pieces have caught the imagination of collectors and auction houses the world over as prices move inexorably upwards.

After years of research both in the Wilkinson archives and through oral testimonies of surviving employees, Greg Slater has produced the ultimate survey of Clarice Cliff's work and those of her largely uncredited colleagues from the 1920s to the 1950s.

This massive reference work identifies the pattern name, designer, date and decoration method of all the significant piece, and a host of lesser known ones. Accessible through three indexes - pattern name, number and backstamp - the book is broadly chronological, organized by Pattern (including ranges assigned by the Wilkinson Pottery and recognizable themes) and also by Shape (an instant identifier for ceramics without a backstamp).

With copious illustrations - all fully referenced and indexed - along with an introduction, bibiliography, glossary and collectors' guide, this is the definitive book on the subject, and will be for generations to come.

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'This is a book for collectors and fans to pore over … even those who fail to worship at the altar of Cliff will find a greater and more exciting range of designs than they might have imagined'
The World of Interiors

'First class … for collectors, this has to be 'the bible' '
The Lady

'The definitive book on the subject, and will be for generations to come'
Antiques Diary

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.8 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 448 pp

Publication date: 18 July 2005

ISBN: 9780500512302

About the Author

Greg Slater is the editor of the online Clarice Cliff collector’s magazine, The Agora. He is the author of Comprehensively Clarice Cliff, also published by Thames & Hudson.

Jonathan Brough is a Clarice Cliff expert and on the editorial board of the Clarice Cliff magazine The Agora

List of Contributors

Jonathan Brough, Neil Mitchell, Richard Ansell