Military History | 28 March 2013
Suffragettes - tea set, a remarkable tea set almost certainly produced as a...
Suffragettes - tea set, a remarkable tea set almost certainly produced as an anti-Suffragette statement with caricature pieces forming each element which includes teapot, coffee pot (lacking lid) cup, two saucers, milk jug and sugar bowl. Crafted in violet coloured bisque - unglazed but the insides are glazed with green and gilt highlights and decorated with floral motifs and in fine condition. The marks conform to the German manufacturer Schafer & Vater and dates from the early 1900s. The significance of the colouration is that the Suffragettes adopted the colours green, white and violet as their secret colours - i.e. Give Women Vote.
It is known that German manufacturers did produce caricature pieces which were sold to the British market. Often these were of political figures such as Disraeli and Gladstone whose faces were well known. Representatives of the companies would travel to Britain gift and souvenir shops with prototype examples to elicit orders. The fact that the caricature faces on this set do not particularly conform to the features of the leading suffragettes suggests that this might have been such a prototype piece - the actual images of the Pankhursts et al not being as well known internationally as the political figures. Nevertheless this would appear to be a piece intended to evoke the suffragettes as the Green White and Violet colours were indeed well known as the adopted livery of the movement.
Thursday 28 March 2013, 10.00am
Bristol Auction Room
Wednesday 27th March 10.30am - 6.00pm
Morning of sale from 9.00am