Tinder is the Night Figurine
One of the last Royal Worcester figurines in a completely unique shape, decorated by Bev Milward with rare vintage print.
This woman's dress is sprinkled with story book pictures of castles and fairies, the fantasy young girls are taught to aspire to.
Her chest is tied in a Laura Ashley bow, her heart is in a cage. She has hearts in her eyes.
Her midnight blue cloak is covered in grumpy old men, and Henry VIII (inventor of divorce) and his hat. Through multiple firings it is embellished with real platinum lustre detail from Spode. Her necklace and earrings are hand painted in gold lustre.
In her hand what was once a letter is now a phone with the Tinder App icon.
This piece questions what it is to be a woman, and what is expected of her by both herself and society. Is it any wonder that she looks like she is trying to flee?
This piece is unrepeatable and unique, and we believe to be an antique of the future.
The Artist: Bev Milward
Bev Milward is an established maker working in porcelain. She is interested in the longevity and sentimentality of ceramics, how they infiltrate our lives and can be used as a tool for communication long after leaving the maker.
Her distinctive landscape collaged pieces have a strong narrative in common with her porcelain work. Her makers mark is a key which is featured on the front of the current British Studio pottery dictionary.
Royal Worcester China Figurines
Our founder Chris Chalkley was a ceramics and glass marketeer back in the day, so was in a unique position to see the full impact of globalisation when his suppliers in the potteries went bankrupt in the 80’s and 90’s. Hating to see anything go to waste, and realising what a precious part of our heritage was being destroyed, he salvaged kilns, equipment and unused transfers.
Amongst his acquisitions during this time were around fifty Royal Worcester bone china figurines. These pieces are difficult to decorate in the Stokes Croft style so are only attempted when an artist has developed a strong idea and the skills to apply it.
The fascinating story of how and why these pieces exist, their incongruous beauty and the individual expression of the artist are the reason that they are the jewel in the Stokes Croft crown.
Material: English Fine Bone China
Type: Royal Worcester Figurine
Dimensions: H 22cm