Laura Knight Coronation Mug – George VI
This mug was made to a Laura Knight design for the coronation of George VI and his wife Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) in May 1937. Knight’s design was actually made for the coronation of Edward VIII, and a few mugs were made up to that design showing a portrait of Edward. The design was also employed across a few designs of mugs, some of them with much plainer handle designs than this one and with straight sided bodies whereas these ones are broader at the base than at the rim.
This mug bears the registered design number of Knight and a facsimile of her signature. This form and design of mug seems to have been produced by Burleigh Ware and Myott.
Of course some of the lineage of Coronation ware is a little bit dubious in taste – anyone for an Andrew and Fergie ribbon edge plate? – but there is also a history of great designs by Eric Ravilious, Richard Guyatt for Wedgwood and this Laura Knight design.
We have two of these mugs available. Both have a small flea bite chip to the rim. Pictures of these nibbles are listed against each mug.
Diameter (at rim): 7.3cm
Diameter (at base): 8cm