RHEA, Charlotte [ceramicist]. Commemorative cup for the Coronation of King Edward VIII, who had to abdicate before the event.

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RHEA, Charlotte [ceramicist]. Commemorative cup for the Coronation of King Edward VIII, who had to abdicate before the event. Tunstall, then Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Crown Ducal, 1936.

The ceramic designer Charlotte Rhead had joined A. J. Richardson, the founder of the pottery in 1932. Her designs for Richardson included Byzantine, Foxglove and Wisteria. She descended from an artistic family of potters and was born in 1885 right in the middle of the British centre of potteries, in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. The present design, which never went into mass production is rather unusual, as it combines influences from the Wiener Werkstätten (the rectangular frieze with red dots) with traditional Royal insignia. The matt lustre is unusual as well, alongside the angular shape. The present cup is one of her rarest designs for the event that never took place, and most likely a prototype.

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