The last time the Famous Women Dinner Service was at Charleston was in 1933. Newly completed and soon to be shipped to its expectant owner, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant asked if they could hold a tea party - using the plates - for intrigued friends and potential customers.
Each of the 50 plates, hand-painted by Grant and Bell on Wedgwood blanks, depicts one of 49 historic women and just one man: Grant himself, painted by Bell. “They were largely strong and independent women who broke ground within their own fields,” explains Darren Clarke, Head of Collections at Charleston. “They were united by having lived extraordinary or inspirational lives.” [read more]
The Famous Women Dinner Service will be on display at Charleston until summer 2019