Candlestick designed by Clarice Cliff

Made by A J Wilkinson Ltd in England, c. 1930-1932.

This candlestick was designed by Clarice Cliff (1899-1972), one of the best known British ceramic designers of the 20th century. Cliff was the first British ceramicist to develop Art Deco patterns and shapes for commercial production and her boldly coloured designs of the late 1920s and the 1930s significantly influenced fashionable tableware produced by other Staffordshire ceramic factories. The most prominent ceramic designer in Britain between 1927 and 1939, Cliff was also the first woman art...


A large earthenware candlestick with square, deeply waisted base, square tapering stem and cylindrical top with protruding lip. Handpainted predominantly in orange enamel against white background, the main feature being a wide, reserved band with stylised, overlapping circular fruits - oranges, lemons and blue plum - to the top 2/3 of the stem. Two black horizontal lines delineate the reserved frieze and an additional black line on the foot separates its white rim and the orange middle area.


305 mm
100 mm
100 mm


The candlestick was designed by Clarice Cliff and made by A J Wilkinson Ltd, England, c. 1930-1932. It is model no. B20. The candlestick is 'Melon' from the 'Fantasque' range
Cliff, Clarice
A J Wilkinson Ltd c. 1930-1932


Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Ron Greedy, 2009
1 May, 2009

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Candlestick designed by Clarice Cliff 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <>
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