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Clarice Cliff (1899-1972) Great Britain

Art Deco has become one of the most iconic, recognised and revived styles in the history of art, architecture and design. The style emerged from France in the 1910s, merging influences from various artistic movements, including Cubism, De Stijl and Fauvism, resulting in the unmistakable geometric shapes and vibrant colours. Although the style originated from furniture and textile design, it rapidly spread to art, fashion, jewellery, architecture and ceramics. One of the most important Art Deco ceramicists was Clarice Cliff, who was active in England from the 1920s to 1960s. Her earliest and most distinct style was named 'Bizarre', on account of its garish colours and geometric patterns; this style was used for jugs, cups, sauces, tea pots, bowls, vases and many more wares. Another important design from Clarice Cliff was the 'Crocus', featuring modest hand-painted flowers in blue, purple and orange.

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