Rare Hornsea Cirrus pattern 1980s Retro Teaware


Four trios of the rare 1980s retro Hornsea Cirrus pattern. Examples in the V&A collection. Produced in limited numbers over a short period of time, each one unique due to the laborious techniques involved. A true gem of of its time.

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Item Reference:

58478-1235-2Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 58478-1235-2
Item No. 58478 - Dealer No. 1235 - Building No. 2


Rare Hornsea Cirrus pattern. 1980s Retro. Four cups, saucers and plates
Rare example of the Hornsea Co. Ltd. Cirrus Pattern. Currently examples are held in the Victoria and Albert Collection. Produced in limited numbers over a short period of time, each one of these items are unique due to the laborious techniques involved:-
‘Attribution note: Note dictated by Martin Hunt (19.7.1981) on the technique used at Hornsea to decorate the Concept range in the cirrus pattern.
The decorative technique consists of an impregnation of the raw clay plate in a soluble metal salt, in this case cobalt chloride. While still moist the plate rim is splattered with wax from a spray gun and the wax in preventing the salt solution from drying causes a migration of colour to the edges of each blob. The centre of the plate is undecorated and coated with a clear glaze.’
Source: From the register at the V & A.as quoted on their website.
This pattern was also produed in pink.


Item Reference
20th Century
Country of Origin
Excellent condition


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