Wedgwood Silver Wedding Anniversary Mug designed by Richard Guyatt
Richard Guyatt was, rightly, the go to person that Wedgwood called on when they wanted a commemorative piece designed. His first work for the company was in 1953 for the coronation of Elizabeth II and in subsequent years his talents were used for vessels (often mugs) to mark the Silver Jubilee, the marriage of Princess Anne and Mark Philips and the birth of Prince William, his last was a mug in 2005 that marked the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Of course royal commemorative wares have both a venerable tradition and also a tradition that is . . . . less venerable. Laura Knight’s designs for a mug to mark the coronation of Edward VIII (later adapted to honour George VI) stands the test of time but few others do. Guyatt’s work for Wedgwood though is supremely stylish – beloved of interior designers such as Bridie Hall and Ben Pentreath. The style of his decorative swags and ribbons and use of line is exemplary and marks these pieces out above the rest.
Guyatt died in 2007 aged 93.
This mug is in good condition with no chips or cracks, it has the impressed Wedgwood mark to the base as well as the printed text regarding the commemoration of the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip.