Learn about Cruet and Condiment and Sets

A cruet also known as a caster, is a small container to hold condiments such as oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper. Its shape and adornments will depend on the specific condiment for which it is designed. For example a cruet for liquids may have a jug-like shape, while a cruet for a spice may be cylindrical with a lid and perhaps a small spoon for serving.

Cruets were made in silver, silver plate, ceramic and glass, and sometimes a combination of two materials, usually as a glass body with a silver or silver plated top.

The earliest cruets, from the beginning of the 18th century were known as "Warwick cruets" after a cruet set made by Anthony Nelme in 1715 for the Duke of Warwick, and include three elaborately decorated and shaped matching silver casters, usually with one unpierced, which held powdered mustard, and the other two for oil and vinegar, combined in a stand with a handle enabling it to be passed between dinner guests. more...

Learn about Cliff, Clarice

The life story of English potter and designer Clarice Cliff, (1899-1972) is a real-life rags-to riches story. Clarice was born in the potteries area in Tunstall, Staffordshire in 1899, and her father was an iron moulder, while her mother took in washing.

She attended school until age 13 and then left to work in a lowly paid job in the potteries. At that time the potteries were the major employers of women in the North Staffordshire and at the time she commenced work there were over 20,000 women employed.

The jobs for women ranged from being assistants to the men who threw the pots, to the less menial but repetitive task of painting prescribed designs onto clay blanks.

After 10 years, and a several of changes of employer, she had learned a number of trades and mastered the techniques of gilding, enamelling, lithography and design.

At the age of 17 Clarice Cliff was working for the Royal Staffordshire Pottery owned by A J Wilkinson owned by the Shorter family. and at this time the firm's pattern books begin to credit her as the designer of some of the items illustrated in the books. more...

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Clarice Cliff 'My garden' sugar sifter, shape 660. Height 15 cm

Clarice Cliff, A Bonjour porcelain coffee service, circa 1930, modelled in Art Deco geometric forms and comprising: a coffee pot and cover, sugar, milk jug and six coffee cans and saucers, painted with stylised scattering foliage in pinks, orange and green

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Fantasque conical sugar caster painted with sail boat pattern

Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' preserve pot "Umbrellas and Rain" pattern, some paint losses, 7.5 cm high, 7.8 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre ' sugar bowl, approx 8 cm diameter

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'My Garden' pattern lidded sugar basin

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre, Fantasque, Windbells. Conical shape, sugar sifter, c.1930's. Hand painted ceramic. Printed factory marks to base. Height 14 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Sugar Sifter, c. 1936, Brookfields' pattern, 'Lynton' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England' (A/F), height 12.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Duck Cruet Tray, c. 1929, Keyhole' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 13 cm

Large Clarice Cliff 'harvest time'lidded sugar pot height 11.5 cm approx

A 'Hollyhocks' salt bowl and pepper pot by Clarice Cliff, circa 1937-39, the tapering bullet shaped pepper pot and tapering ribbed salt both decorated with coloured hollyhocks in a garden setting, with pale blue mottled clouds and blue, yellow and tan bord

A Clarice Cliff 'Crocus' patterned English porcelain sugar bowl, circa 1930s. 4 cm high, 7 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Tourmina' conical sugar sifter, circa 1935high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Coral Firs' conical sugar sifter, circa 1935high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sunrise' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1929. 8.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff floral cruet set, circa 1935. The salt shaker 8.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Pansy' conical sugar sifter, circa 1935. 14.2 cm high

A Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' Beehive Preserve pot, circa 1928. 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Tiger Tree' Beehive Preserve pot, circa 1928. 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Green Chintz' Beehive preserve pot, circa 1930. 9.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1929. 8.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Autumn Pastel' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1932. 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sunray & Leaves' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1929

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Orange Autumn' conical sugar sifter, circa 1935high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Broth' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1928. 9.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre sugar sifter, c.1930's conical shape, slight AF - base, with 'Bizarre by Clarice Cliff' printed backstamp. Height 13.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Crocus' pattern mustard pot, salt and pepper, the pot with original lid.

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Tralee' sugar shaker, c.1935. Hand painted ceramic. Bonjour shape. Printed factory marks to base. Height 12.6 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre small sugar bowl, English, circa 1930. 5 cm high, 7 cm diameter

A limited edition Wedgwood Clarice Cliff bizarre sugar caster, English, circa 1997. 13.8 cm high

A Clarice Cliff bizarre Blue Chintz covered sugar bowl, English, circa 1930 9.5 cm high

Clarice Cliff the Biarritz Royal Staffordshire 'Bizarre' dinner set green and yellow banded pattern, printed factory marks to base, impressed '34', two platters, two lidded tureens, four dinner plates, six soup plates, six dessert plates, twelve side plate

Rare Clarice Cliff art deco coffee set, conical shape, applique range, lucerne pattern. Comprising coffee pot, six each cups and saucers, cream and sugar. Excellent original condition. Small glaze loss rim of sugar

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' Eva Crofts for Clarice Cliff Bachelor tea set 'Field Flowers' pattern, 'Bonjour' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Designed by Eva Crofts Produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', cup, saucer, side plate, tea pot

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' Eva Crofts for Clarice Cliff coffee set, c.1934 'Field Flowers' pattern, 'Bonjour' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Designed by Eva Crofts Produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', six cups, six saucers, coffee

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre', afternoon tea set 'Damask Rose' pattern, 'Daffodil' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Damask Rose Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', six cups, six saucers, six side plates, two luncheon plates, tea

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' Bachelor tea set 'Pink Pearls' pattern, 'Bonjour' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', cup, saucer, side plate, tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl (6) Measurements tea pot height

Clarice Cliff, 'Goldstone Bizarre' coffee set 'Goldstone' pattern, printed factory marks to base, 'Hand Painted Goldstone Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Pottery England', six cups, six saucers, coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl (A/F) (15) Measurements co

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