Worcester Ware Bin

IMG_7477-02
Collection
When modernism goes bad
Category
Metal
Date
1960s
Manufacturer
Worcester Ware
Manufacturers Location
Britain
Material
Metal
Dimensions
Height 25cm, rim diameter 23cm

Description

Metal waste bin with floral sgraffito-style decoration

Provenance

Second-hand shop 

Adaptions/renovations

None, minor wear and tear 

Why it's in the Collection

Worcester Ware bins and kitchenware became ubiquitous in the 1960s. Typically florid or in bright, playful designs, many like this bin blended a public appetite for bold modern design - bright colours or minimal lines -with a 'traditional' range of motifs. Popular designs included stylised flowers, Edwardian motorcars, Indian and Oriental subjects suggestive of Victorian Imperialism/mercantilism, and abstract compositions. This particular bin relates to the floral patterning applied to a plethora of Art and Crafts products, including those designed by W.G. Collingwood (1854-1932) for the Keswick School of Industrial Arts.