American Decorative Arts
Designer form: Eva Zeisel, American, born Hungary, 1906–2011
Designer (pattern): William Katavolos, American, born 1924
Designer (pattern): Ross Littell, American, 1924–2000
Designer (pattern): Douglas Kelley, American, born 1928
Manufacturer: Hall China Company, American, est 1903

Gravy Boat and Spoon, “Tomorrow’s Classic” Pattern with “Fantasy” Decoration

designed 1949–50, produced 1951–60

Earthenware with transferprinted decoration

Gravy boat: 6 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (15.88 x 16.51 x 13.34 cm) Spoon: 5 1/2 in. (13.97 cm)
Gift of John Stuart Gordon
2011.109.1.1-.2
In the late 1940s, Hall China approached Eva Zeisel about creating a line of dishes. Zeisel produced two lines: Tomorrow’s Classic and Century. These lines went on to become among the most successful china patterns of the 1950s. The Tomorrow’s Classic pattern included this exuberant gravy boat and spoon, which are the most daring designs in the pattern and show contemporary interests in organic design. To Zeisel’s form was added Fantasy decoration, a swirl of lines punctuated by gold dots. Although the design’s name is vague, it clearly draws from nuclear imagery of atoms swirling around a core.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Geography: 
Manufactured in East Liverpool, Ohio
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Sold by Jon Cramer, Mass., to John Stuart Gordon, New Haven, Conn., November 2010; given to Yale University Art Gallery, 2011.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2012.pdf (accessed December 21, 2012).

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