A fantastic 'Clowns' plate from the Circus range designed by Dame Laura Knight and produced in the Bizarre workshop as part of the Art in Industry project. Finely printed in purple with hand enamelled detail and highlights in yellow, green, orange and black. The central image of two clowns catching a fish is framed by a purple band and a border representing circus crowds in a big top - the entrance curtain drawn back to reveal another clown against a starry sky. The rim finished in best gold. In excellent condition - no chips, cracks or restoration and showing little sign of wear or use. Rare to find as only a few sets were sold because it was so expensive to produce. Printed 'Laura Knight' signature and 'Produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Ltd' with 'Copyright reserved' and impressed date for May 1935. Diameter 23cm (9in)
Laura Knight (1877-1970) became famous in the 1920s and 30s for her varied subject matter which included ballet, theatre and circus themes. In 1929 and 1930 she went on a tour of British towns with Bertram Mills and Great Carmo's Circus and in 1933 became involved with the Art in Industry project, her table ware designs being produced under the supervision of Clarice Cliff.