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2005/229/1 Coffee ware, boxed and coffee tin, 'The Artist Cup Collection', porcelain / metal / plastic / cardboard, latté cups and saucers designed by Roderick Bamford, Macmasters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, 1999, 'South Coast Beach Cottages' decal designed by Reg Mombassa, Sydney, New South. Click to enlarge.

‘The Artist Cup Collection’ by Roderick Bamford and Reg Mombassa

Designed by Bamford, Roderick, 1999.
Consisting of two rimmed saucers, two decorated latté beakers and a 200-gram tin of coffee, this 'Artist Cup Collection' is the first in a limited series of 2000 boxed sets that Australian coffee company, Manfredi Enterprises, launched in June 2004. NSW potter, Roderick Bamford, designed this porcelain coffee ware in 1999 as part of a 'Cup Suite' that included an espresso beaker, latté beaker, cappuccino cup and saucers. Manfredi Enterprises sold these suites commercially and distributed them to the cafés and restaurants that used Manfredi coffee. The company re-launched the Cup Suite in 2004 in conjunction with the Artist Cup Collection.

Director of Manfredi Enterprises, Julie Manfredi Hughes, intended to develop an artist cup collection several years before she commissioned Sydney artist, Reg Mombassa, to design the decal for the inaugural series. She admired his wit and artistic style, as well as his willingness to work with a range of media.

Titled 'South Coast Beach Cottages', Mombassa's decal illustrates weatherboard houses above sand dunes. It is one of several artworks that he developed for the series, and when selected for the suite, it was digitally manipulated to suit the beaker proportions. (Other decal designs illustrated cockroaches and spiders.) Mombassa's comments on this work reveal a satirical connection between the pastoral scenes on historic English porcelain and the beach-scene on this twenty-first century Australian example.

'This design is loosely based on the atmospheric pastoral scenes you might see on certain pieces of nineteenth century English crockery. The wave forms of the sand dunes and foliage reflect the nautical component of the subject matter.' (Mombassa, 2004)

Julie Manfredi Hughes' appreciation for white porcelain tableware began in the late 1980s when she dined at a restaurant that served its meals on large porcelain plates. These were made by the now-obselete Italian company, Genovi. This experience had a lasting impact on Manfredi Hughes, as did the nouveau cuisine of the 1980s and 1990s when chefs explored new concepts in food presentation. Porcelain tableware underwent a revival in Australian restaurants at this time.

Manfredi Hughes' interest in porcelain tableware has transpired into some significant commissions, including the first series of Manfredi coffee ware, by Roderick Bamford, and a subsequent series by Sydney potter, Ivan Gluck. In 2004, Manfredi Enterprises again commissioned Roderick Bamford to develop a set of three 'Elipse' bowls for salads and vegetables. It has also commissioned Australian artworks for its restaurant walls, and glassware for its restaurant tables.

Summary

Object No.

2005/229/1

Object Statement

Coffee ware, boxed and coffee tin, 'The Artist Cup Collection', porcelain / metal / plastic / cardboard, latté cups and saucers designed by Roderick Bamford, Macmasters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, 1999, 'South Coast Beach Cottages' decal designed by Reg Mombassa, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1999, made by Monno Ceramic Industries, Bangladesh / Piazzo D'Oro, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2004, for Manfredi Enterprises, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2004

Physical Description

Coffee ware, boxed, 'The Artist Cup Collection', porcelain / metal / plastic / cardboard, latté cups and saucers designed by Roderick Bamford, Macmasters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, 'South Coast Beach Cottages' decal designed by Reg Mombassa, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made by Monno Ceramic Industries, Bangladesh, for Manfredi Enterprises, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2004

'The Artist Cup Collection' coffee ware set comprising two white porcelain latte cups and two white porcelain saucers. The cups are decorated with a 'South Coast Beach Cottages' decal designed by Reg Mombassa while the saucers are plain and feature a concentric circle pattern. The set also includes a small tin of Piazza D'Oro coffee with a black plastic lid. The coffee ware comes packaged in a rectangular white cardboard box with the decal repeated printed around its base. The box contains internal cardboard inserts to hold the latte cups, saucers and coffee tin. A cardboard certificate of authenticity and a folded cardboard brochure are also contained within the box and are illustrated with the same design.

Marks

see parts

Production

Designed

Bamford, Roderick 1999

Designed

Mombassa, Reg 1999

Made

Mono Ceramica 2004

Notes

Consisting of two rimmed saucers, two decorated latté beakers and a 200-gram tin of coffee, this 'Artist Cup Collection' is the first in a limited series of 2000 boxed sets that Australian coffee company, Manfredi Enterprises, launched in June 2004. NSW potter, Roderick Bamford, designed the porcelain coffee ware in 1999 as part of a 'Cup Suite' that included an espresso beaker, latté beaker, cappuccino cup and saucers.

Celebrated Sydney artist, Reg Mombassa, designed the decal for the inaugural Artist Cup Collection. Titled 'South Coast Beach Cottages', it satirises the country scenes often depicted on traditional English porcelain. After its completion, the design was manipulated digitally to fit the beaker proportions.

Bangladesh factory, Monoo Ceramic Industries, was the exclusive manufacturer of the coffee ware for the Australian and Asian markets. It worked with Manfredi and Bamford to modify the original designs so that the beakers could be made as a single unit and the saucer rim could be widened.

History

Notes

The Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Kevin Fewster, received this example of 'The Artist Cup Collection' at the product launch on 28 September 2004. This is the first set in the limited edition series.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Manfredi Enterprises, 2005

Acquisition Date

7 November 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

'The Artist Cup Collection' by Roderick Bamford and Reg Mombassa 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 July 2020, <https://ma.as/350987>

Wikipedia

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