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Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Design for a blue and white plate with profile view top right, late 1930's
Mounted (ref: 2239)
watercolour on paper
13 1/2 x 14 in. (34.2 x 35.5 cm)
Provenance: Edgar Peacock; Edgar Horns, Eastbourne, 20 September 2000
Exhibited: Frank Brangwyn, Leeds, Bruges, Swansea, 2006
Literature: Horner, Dr. Libby, Frank Brangwyn, A Mission to Decorate Life, Liss Fine Art, 2006, p. 170-181
According to Dr Libby Horner Brangwyn produced over 240 designs for furniture (not all of which were made) and numerous designs for carpets, ceramics, metalwork and glass. The guidelines he set himself were an adaptation of Puginian and Arts and Crafts ideals:
fitness of form to function
suitability of material to article
absence of applied ornament disguising structure
elimination of unnecessary moulding
Apart from specific interior design commissions, Brangwyn designed furniture for the firms J S Henry and Norman and Stacey and paul Turpin made individual items for the artist.
Brangwyn was passionate about ‘pots’, as he termed them – he collected Persian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese ceramics and such items appear endlessly in his oils, watercolours and murals. He collaborated with Royal Doulton, Ashtead Potters, Foley Pottery and produced a design for Clarice Cliff’s Bizarre range at A J Wilkinson in 1934. His activity as a ceramics designer was poorly documented until the discovery at the turn of this century of several original designs, including this one, in the collection of Edgar Peacock, son of Brangwyn's housekeeper and hier Lizzie Peacock.