Considered to be the first British Iconic piece of contemporary pottery, Wedgwood's famous Queensware Taurus the Bull, modelled by Arnold Machin, the Zodiac designs possibly by Eric Ravilious or/and Eric Fraser.
After the death of both Eric Ravilious and Eric Fraser, Arnold Machin wrote a letter to Wedgwood stating that he was solely responsible for both the modelling and the designs. Wedgwood have announced that they accepted this declaration. Art books written during the production of the piece attributed the designs to either one. All Sotheby's and Christie's early descriptions also attribute the designs to these two other designers. So not only is this piece an iconic design piece but also it has now some controversy with its creation.
Circa 1945 - 1960's
Good Vintage Condition with light signs of use commensurate with age as expected - a lovely piece
16 inches (40cm) width X 6.5 inches (16.5cm) height X 6 inches (15cm) depth approx
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This Queen’s ware figurine of ‘Taurus the Bull’ was modelled by artist Arnold Machin. In 1940 Arnold Machin became the first full-time figure modeller to be employed at Wedgwood’s Barlaston factory and produced many pieces in a variety of ceramic bodies, including Queen’s ware, Windsor grey and terra cotta.
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