Item NMC/1820 - Storage jars

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Storage jars


  • 1970s (Creation)

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2 items

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Two storage jars from a series. Larger jar marked 'coffee' in black print above transfer print geometric design in red and black on white background, with gold coloured lid. Smaller jar marked 'marmalade' in black print in the centre of a geometric design transfer print in purple and brown, with two gold bands above and a gold coloured lid.

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Robert Stewart was one of the foremost British designers of the second half of the twentieth century. His work revolutionized design in postwar Britain. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1940s. He took charge of the printed textiles department there in 1949. He was passionately interested in surface design and became one of the most significant influences in the field. He designed for Liberty, Donald Brothers, and the Edinburgh Tapestry Company in Great Britain and North America before forming his own company to produce printed ceramic kitchenware. During the 1970s and 1980s he designed and manufactured large-scale ceramic murals for public buildings. During his thirty-five years at the Glasgow School of Art, Stewart proved to be an inspiring and influential teacher. His legacy is to be found in his many successful former students now working in a variety of fields, including textiles and theatre design.

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Donated by the late Norma Ellis Nicolson (alumna)  via Sheona MacArthur, October 2017.  Two jars kept of five offered.

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Ceramic, transfer print

Dimensions: 140 x 115 x 115 mm (coffee); 120 x 85 x 85 mm (marmalade)

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GB 1694 NMC/1820

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GB 1694

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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition


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