Portmeirion "London Prints" ("Tower of London") Rectangular Dish

Code: 10873


H: 3.2cm (1.3")W: 21.5cm (8.5")D: 19.5cm (7.7")


Portmeirion "London Prints" ("Tower of Londonl") Rectangular Dish
Stoneware pottery with transfer printed design
With black and white glaze
Green printed mark and datestamp beneath
Staffordshire, England
Circa 1963

Dimensions (approx): 3.2 cm x 21.5 cm x 19.5 cm

"London Prints" was a range originally made by Gray's Pottery which Susan Williams-Ellis continued with after she purchased the factory in 1960 to form "Portmeirion".  The "London Prints" items were still being advertised in 1964 but a short while later these where discontinued. The dish here has a printed date of "9/63" indicating a September 1963 firing.

The traditional prints used as the basis of these items are given a modern slant when twinned with bold glazes (here a bold black and white is used). There are many parralels between the fun and frivolity of the cermic items designed by Susan Williams-Ellis (1918-2007) for "Portmeirion" and items made in the 1960's by her near contemporary Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988).

Good condition. Very fine craquelure to the glaze as usual and expected.