Spode. Stoke-on-Trent. 1970. White ceramic plate with drawing printed in brown tones to front, text in matching brown to back, with original cellophane bag and black cardboard box. English. 220 x 220mm. 0.6kg. . Fine.
A ceramic plate designed by Cecil Beaton for Spode. The text to the reverse reads ' 'A Spode Annual first year of the issue, designed by Cecil Beaton on Lowestoft and dedicated to the cause of peace.' Although the plate was manufactured in England examples usually appear in America. It is likely that it was commissioned by an American firm for sale there. 'Lowestoft' refers to the squared shape of the plate. The delicate design depicts grasses, butterflies and caterpillars, with Beaton signature printed within the image. This appears to be the only item of tableware design by Beaton.