Posted 6 years ago
Although china isn't my usual collecting field, you all know I'm mad about good design and this (sadly uncomplete) set has it all: an amazingly bold shape, the most simple and yet the most striking decoration I've found on this design, and the delicacy of fine porcelain.
The CUBICO range was designed around 1930 at Porcelanas de Coimbra. They made some great art deco designs at the time, but none as bold and beautiful as this one. No doubt they were inspired by the famous Cube teapot that was designed by Robert Crawford Johnson in 1917 (although put into production in 1920) and used at the Cunard Ocean liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth- What's more, I do believe the inspiration came from the silver version T. Wilkinson & Sons made under license around 1925, as the sugar bowl has the same handles, unexistant in the original design. In any case, I do believe this design have gone further in terms of AvantGarde style.
I've seen online pics of complete sets and its surprising they didn't use squares in saucers and other elements but octagons, which may sound a bit design-inconsistent, although having in consideration how difficult it would have been sipping tea from a straight line cup edge it isn't that bad after all.
In spite of already having a couple of teapots I'm planning to make this the “official teapot” at the studio -whenever a teapot will be required, but we usually use mugs and pour hot water into them straight from the ketle... -.
Of course now that I've got a teapot and a sugar bowl I won't stop until I get a creamer in this shape and decoration... which I do believe must be a most difficult task. Cups and saucers would be a plus but... I'd really never use them. There must be a coffe pot too, so it would be welcome too, as well as dessert dishes ;)