Wonderful  pair of Clarice Cliff candlesticks. Bizarre series, c. 1933, Rudyard' pattern. Printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England.#391

Clarice Cliff is recognised as the leading designer of commercial British ceramics of the interwar period. In 1932, a few years after the launch of her Bizarre wares  it was said “There is nothing more typical of this age of simplicity in design than Clarice Cliff’s work and it is safe to say that early twentieth century design will be inseparately associated in the minds of collectors of the future with the name of Clarice Cliff.”
Bizarre ware was conceived as a bright pottery for the home and named because it was intended to surprise. Its huge and instant success was not just because of the bright modern decoration; she was the first Staffordshire designer to create streamlined shapes and she constantly created new novelty forms that appealed to a wide range of buyers. Bizarre unusually, was produced in its own studio within the factory, staffed by over 100 dedicated paintresses.  At first decorating standard forms and then forms developed by Cliff, the paintresses usually specialised in certain designs which meant that the works often had the fluidity associated with studio rather than factory production.
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