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Clarice Cliff Art Deco Tea and Coffee Set for Eight

Item #2686 SOLD

This Clarice Cliff tea set for eight is so rare and so “deco”.  More streamlined and elegant  than the playful “Bizarre Ware” that she is known for , this set in the “Bonjour” shape and “Target” pattern for the Newport Pottery Company in 1931. Concentric circles of blue and gold form the design  that is repeated on the Tea Pot, Coffee Pot, Milk Jug and sugar bowl along with eight “trios”  comprised of full size tea cup, saucer and dessert plate. What a fabulous tea party you can have with this set in outstanding condition  (just a slight bit of staining on  just one of the plates, otherwise its excellent.


Clarice  Cliff  is one of the  most celebrated designer of Art Deco ceramics !  There are four books dedicated to the history of her  work which also appears in several books on Art Deco Tableware and Accessories. Born in England in 1899  she began working in pottery at the age of 13, first painting the simple bands of gold on china plates. In 1916 she moved to the  company  of A.J.Wilkenson of Newport, Burslem to work with gilding, patterning and hand painting. Her work was brought to the attention of one of the partners, Colley Shorter, who gave her the opportunity to do some fanciful painting on product that had minor flaws…so the bold designs and colors concealed those imperfections on the plain white china. Her abstract, geometric and brightly hued pieces enjoyed such popularity..that although they were “bizarre”.hey were proudly named Bizarre Ware and signed with her name.

Taking Tea with Clarice Cliff


Clariece Cliff created hundreds and hundreds of objects, shapes and color ways and enjoyed international success. She was named Artistic Director and had a team of girls that hand painted her designs…at the high point nearly 70 painters worked to decorate her creations. Massive publicity efforts , including celebrity endorsements, color brochures , magazines, news articles and in-store painting demonstrations  by Clarice as well as her “Bizarre Girls” made the work famous around the world. The steady stream of new designs, shapes and products made her work “collectible” even as it was produced.


clariece Cliff


Today, major museums have examples of her work and high prices can be achieved at auction. Some of the most popular and widely produced pieces such as those with the “crocus” pattern are common enough to occasionally find, but there are examples of Clarice Cliff’s work that have sold for $20,000 to $50,000 This spectcular set was found in Argentina, where it had been imported by  Harrods Department Store of London for their Buenos Aires location on Florida Street.



Tea pot 7.5″ Tall X 3.25″ Deep 9″ Wide (spout to handle)
Coffee 7.5″ Tall , 3″ Deep 3.75″ Wide
Sugar 3.5″ Tall, 3.25″ Wide
Milk Pitcher 6.5″ Tall 3″ Deep
Cups 2.5″ Tall 3.5″ Wide
Saucer 6″
Dessert Plate 7″

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