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Josiah Wedgwood & Sons

William Shakespeare commemorative ceramic mug.

Additional Title(s):

On bottom of mug: William Shakespeare Esq., playwright and poet, born 1564, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

England, 1964.
Physical Description:
1 mug : Queen's ware, cream-colored earthenware ; 12 cm high, 9 cm in diameter, 14 cm wide with handle
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Cabinet R2
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Neale Albert, Yale JD 1961, and Margaret Albert
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
With backstamp "Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston" alongside "Engraved by the Wedgwood studios." Also bears the mark 'D' (in green ink).
"Design sponsored by the 1964 Shakespeare Anniversary Council, Stratford-upon-Avon."--Mug bottom.
"Decoration to exterior depicts Shakespearean characters in black print with each character's name displayed, in black type on either a pink or blue background. Handle has a yellow strip to its exterior which has a fine black edge line and fine black horizontal lines. Interior of this mug is also decorated, one side has the year 1564 in black ink on a blue background, and opposite the year 1964 in black ink on a yellow background can be seen. Body is made from Queen's ware with a clear glaze applied to exterior and interior. All of these were designed by the resident Wedgwood artist, Victor Skellern."--The Wedgwood Museum, accessed online, December 2016.
Subject Terms:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Anniversaries, etc.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters.
Ceramic (material)
Queen's ware.
Mugs (cups)
Skellern, Victor, 1909-1966, designer.
Collection of Margaret and Neale Albert (Yale Center for British Art).

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  • Mr. Shuter as Falstaff
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  • Mrs. Lessingham as Ophelia
  • Mrs. Balkley as Mrs. Ford
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  • Mrs. Hopkins as Volumnia.

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