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Crafted in fine bone china, this medium sized plate features an array of the whimsical motifs which form the illustrative story of The Sailor’s Farewell. Originally created as a fabric pattern by the renowned designer, Kit Kemp this plate has a pale blue linen look finish, echoing the original, against which we find a guiding compass, the sailor’s ship with its rust red sails, a whale, silvery fish and a frogman exploring a shipwreck beneath the waves with an enticing house under a palm tree on a faraway desert island. This imaginative design is skilfully embellished with a deeper blue and hand-applied 22 carat gold trim and forms part of a second collaboration between the designer and Wedgwood continuing Kit’s love of folklore. Backstamped for authenticity and presented in a Wedgwood blue gift box, this is a charming piece which forms part of a stylish tableware collection used in two of the boutique hotels in New York and London co-owned by Kit Kemp.
Kit Kemp is an award-winning interior designer and co-owner of Firmdale Hotels. With a worldwide reputation for her unique and wonderful hotel interiors, she also lends her designs to textiles, fragrances and homeware, as well as being a published author. Kit Kemp has won many awards for her iconic designs.
Celebrated for her individual and original approach to design, Kit Kemp is a champion of British art, craft and sculpture. It was for this reason that Wedgwood approached her to create a collection of specially designed fine bone china.
Kit’s influences are often whimsical and lyrical, and usually contain a host of mythical animals. Hence, her Wedgwood collections feature a series of fantastical characters and surreal patterns that have a primitive feel.