MID CENTURY ANN WYNN FOR KENNETH CLARK SINGLE ABSTRACT CERAMIC TILE CHEESE BOARD

MID CENTURY ANN WYNN FOR KENNETH CLARK SINGLE ABSTRACT CERAMIC TILE CHEESE BOARD INSET INTO A MAHOGANY / ROSEWOOD BASE WITH MATCHING KNIFE

SUPERB COLOURFUL FREEFORM DESIGN IN REDS, BLACK, MUSTARD YELLOW AND VERDIGRIS GREEN SET AGAINST A WHITE BACKGROUND

THE CHEESE KNIFE SITS WITHIN A SLOT TO THE SIDE OF THE BOARD AS SHOWN

MEASURING 300MM BY 193MM

OFFERED IN EXCELLENT VINTAGE ORDER WITH LIGHT WEAR ONLY TO THE TIMBER SURFACE

THE TILE ITSELF IS IN EXCELLENT VINTAGE ORDER

CIRCA 1960’S

KENNETH INMAN CARR CLARK MBE (31 JULY 1922 – 10 JUNE 2012) WAS A NEW ZEALAND BORN BRITISH CERAMICIST

KENNETH CLARK WAS BORN IN WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND ON 31ST JULY 1922 AND SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD IN NELSON

HE WAS EDUCATED AT NELSON COLLEGE FROM 1937 TO 1941, WHERE HE WON SEVERAL PRIZES FOR DRAWING

DURING WORLD WAR II, HE INITIALLY ENLISTED IN THE 2ND NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL NAVY

HE WAS PRESENT DURING THE NORMANDY LANDINGS, AND WAS MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES

AFTER THE WAR, CLARK REMAINED IN BRITAIN AND TOOK UP AN EX-SERVICEMAN’S SCHOLARSHIP AT LONDON’S SLADE SCHOOL OF ART WHERE HIS TEACHERS INCLUDED STANLEY SPENCER

HE CONTINUED HIS STUDIES AT THE CENTRAL SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS BEING TAUGHT BY STUDIO POTTER DORA BILLINGTON

IN 1953, CLARK AND ANN WYNN REEVES, WHOM HE MARRIED THE FOLLOWING YEAR, FOUNDED KENNETH CLARK CERAMICS IN THE LONDON DISTRICT OF FITZROVIA

THE COUPLE USED THEIR COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS IN THEIR PRACTICE…..  ANN DESIGNED MANY OF THE MOTIFS AND DECORATIVE EMBLEMS THAT KENNETH APPLIED TO HIS CERAMICS, USING HIS TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TO RECREATE GLAZES USED BY WILLIAM DE MORGAN

IN THE 1990 QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS CLARK WAS APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE FOR SERVICES TO ART AND DESIGN

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