tankard & Coronation of Edward VIII

Eric Ravilious, 1903 - 1942

tankard & Coronation of Edward VIII

Eric Ravilious 1903 - 1942


Broad cylindrical mug with recess under foot and ribbed loop handle. Sides decorated with black underglaze print comprising stylised fireworks and fountains surmounting commemorative inscription round lower body. Inscribed 1937 to right of handle, with monogram of royal initials ER about royal crest of lion and unicorn rampant with crown and scroll to left of handle. Lower body painted overglaze with a wide band of pale blue, upper body decorated with splashes and strokes of yellow, emphasising firework display. Interior side to right of handle printed with royal cipher ER surmounted by a crown.

Display Label

Gallery text panel The Industrial Art Collection In the early 1930s Manchester Art Gallery decided to form a collection of modern design. The Industrial Art Collection was intended to show how artistic qualities could be found in the most humble of everyday objects, from kitchen tableware to bedroom curtains. The collection enabled the Gallery to take part in a growing debate on standards in British design. It was an opportunity to encourage manufacturers to improve the quality of their products, and to show Gallery visitors that good design could and should be available to everyone. With this in mind, curator Lawrence Haward visited trade fairs and department stores, acquiring textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture. His choices are typical of 1930s 'good taste' and many have since become design classics.

Object Name

tankard & Coronation of Edward VIII

Creators Name

Eric Ravilious

Date Created

December 1936

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