Gravy Boat and Spoon, "Tomorrow's Classic" Pattern with "Fantasy" Decoration Designer: form Eva Zeisel (American, born Hungary, 1906–2011)
Designer: (pattern) William Katavolos (American, 1924–2020)
Designer: (pattern) Ross Littell (American, 1924–2000)
Designer: (pattern) Douglas Kelley (American, born 1928)
Manufacturer: Hall China Company (American, established 1903)

designed 1949–50, produced 1951–60

American Decorative Arts

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

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.


Earthenware with transfer-printed decoration


Gravy boat: 6 1/4 × 6 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (15.88 × 16.51 × 13.34 cm)
Spoon: 5 1/2 in. (13.97 cm)

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Gift of John Stuart Gordon

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20th century


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Jon Cramer, Massachusetts, by 2010; sold to John Stuart Gordon, New Haven, Conn., November 22, 2010; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2011
  • "Acquisitions," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin: Online Supplement (accessed December 21, 2012), 13
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