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Clarice Cliff

by Harry Rinker (09/27/07).

Clarice Cliff
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”
by Harry L Rinker

Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) joined A. J. Wilkinson’s Royal Staffordshire Pottery at Burslem, England, in the early 1910s. In 1930 she became the company’s art director.

Cliff is one of England’s foremost 20th-century ceramic designers. Her influence covered a broad range of shapes, forms, and patterns. Her shape lines include Athens, Biarritz, Chelsea, Conical, Iris, Lynton, and Stamford. Applique, Bizarre, Crocus, Fantasque, and Ravel are among the most popular patterns.

In addition to designer shape and pattern lines, Cliff’s signature also appears on a number of inexpensive dinnerware lines manufactured under the Royal Staffordshire label.

References: Susan and Al Bagdade, Warman’s English & Continental Pottery & Porcelain, 3rd Edition, Wallace- Homestead, Krause Publications, 1998; Helen Cunningham, Clarice Cliff and Her Contemporaries: Susie Cooper, Keith Murray, Charlotte Rhead and the Carlton Designers, Schiffer Publishing, 1999; Leonard R. Griffin and Susan Pear Meisel, Clarice Cliff: The Bizarre Affair, Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

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