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Rare mug by Eric Ravilious to be sold at Dorchester

By shill  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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A RARE mug by one of Britain’s most celebrated illustrators will be sold at Duke’s Auctioneers on 13th February. The large cylindrical mug is printed in turquoise, orange and black with a celebratory pattern designed by Eric Ravilious to commemorate the Coronation of George VI. Ravilious is probably most well known for his revolutionary designs during the 1930s to 1950s. His heavy linear patterns enhanced by a very simple colour palette were a far cry from the fussy traditional designs favoured pre-war. His designs were an easy choice to illustrate one of the most widely produced books of all time ‘The Cricketer’s Almanac’. His depiction of two men playing the game has graced every cover of the book since 1938.

Amy Brenan, a valuer at Duke’s explains the significance of the £500-1000 mug: “At the time Ravilious began the design of the mug, it was with the new King Edward VIII in mind. However, when the King abdicated before his Coronation, he quickly had to revise the design to incorporate the initials for George VI. Few of these mugs remained intact and to find one in perfect condition with the Wedgwood printed mark to the bottom is exciting.”

The mug will be sold at Duke’s Auctioneers, Dorchester on 13th February with an estimate of £500-£1,000. For more information, please contact Duke’s on 01305 265080 or email enquiries@dukes-auctions.com.

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