Coffee ware consisting of latte beakers (2), espresso beakers (2) and saucers (2), alumina hardened porcelain with a chip resistant glaze, designed by Roderick Bamford, Macmasters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, for Manfredi Enterprises, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made by Royal Thai Enterprises, Bangkok, Thailand, 1999

Made by Royal Thai Enterprises in Bangkok, Thailand, 1999.

These two latté beakers, espresso beakers and ringed saucers are examples of those from the ‘Cup Suite’ that Sydney coffee company, Manfredi Enterprises, commissioned in 1998 to herald its new brand of coffee, ‘Espresso di Manfredi’. Designed by NSW ceramicist, Rod Bamford, the entire suite includes a cappuccino cup, an espresso beaker, a latte beaker and a rimmed saucer, each made in alumina hardened porcelain with a chip resistant glaze. Blank suites were made for general sale (2003/166/1 is a...

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Coffee ware consisting of latte beakers (2), espresso beakers (2) and saucers (2), alumina hardened porcelain with a chip resistant glaze, designed by Roderick Bamford, Macmasters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, for Manfredi Enterprises, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made by Royal Thai Enterprises, Bangkok, Thailand, 1999

Coffee ware comprising two latte beakers, two espresso beakers and two saucers.

The latté beakers are made from thick white porcelain decorated with red and black decals. A round, arching foot supports a deep, rounded vessel. A raised band surrounds the vessel below the centre, and an 'Espresso di Manfredi' decal is applied to the exterior in black. A 'Piazza D'oro' decal is applied inside the lip in black, red and gold.

The espresso beakers are made from thick white porcelain. A round, arching foot supports a deep, rounded vessel, with a raised band surrounding the vessel below the centre.

The round saucers are also made from thick white porcelain with a flat body on a low round foot. In the centre of the saucer are three, raised concentric rings.

Production

These two latté beakers, espresso beakers and ringed saucers are from the Cup Suite that Roderick Bamford designed for Manfredi Enterprises from 1998 to 1999. Following a design brief and speaking regularly to coffee specialists, he created a durable and compact set of latté and espresso beakers and a cappuccino cup that stacked neatly on top of the coffee machine and fitted easily under the machine head. The ringed saucer accommodated each of these vessels and also acted as a serving plate.

The suite was designed with a plain porcelain surface that would appeal to the commercial market and accommodate the black Manfredi decal. These two beakers represent both the blank and branded varieties. Its white surface and strong form were designed to emulate historic coffee sets while also appearing minimal and modern.

Bamford's work demonstrates an ongoing interest in ceramic traditions that range from the hand-made to the industrial. He makes many unique pieces by hand though also manufactures tiles and house-fittings using a semi-industrial process. This latter work is conducted as part of his business, 'Cone Nine'. The combination of traditional and industrial expertise made Bamford the ideal designer for the Manfredi range.

Royal Thai Porcelain made the Cup Suites in 1999 using alumina-hardened porcelain and chip-resistant glaze. These materials were designed specifically for Manfredi. Bamford supplied the porcelain company with models and a master mould, and advised on several technical processes during production. The beakers were jolleyed in two separate sections and joined with a pin, connecting the footring to a socket in the beaker base. The sections were then glazed together.
Royal Thai Enterprises 1999
Bamford, Roderick

Source

Gift of Manfredi Enterprises, 2005
7 November, 2005

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Coffee ware consisting of latte beakers (2), espresso beakers (2) and saucers (2), alumina hardened porcelain with a chip resistant glaze, designed by Roderick Bamford, Macmasters Beach, New South Wales, Australia, for Manfredi Enterprises, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made by Royal Thai Enterprises, Bangkok, Thailand, 1999 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2017, <https://ma.as/351223>
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