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Denby Arabesque egg cups

Pair of Arabesque pattern egg cups, designed by Gill Pemberton for Denby after a trip to Russia in the 1960s. A colourful pattern - dark brown with circles in yellow, red and light brown.

Denby Arabesque is one of the more famous discontinued tableware patterns from the Denby Pottery. It was designed by Gill Pemberton and was inspired by a trip to Russia.

Its striking bold seventies design with yellow, brown and red circles on a dark brown background made it stand out from the crowd and provoked a 'marmite' reaction among many. It was initially called "Samarkand", but the name was changed after the Portmeirion Pottery exhibited a design of the same name.

Originally it was hand-painted with great variations in the depth and clarity of the pattern. Later more uniformity was introduced to the Arabesque design as production moved over to a decal or transfer style print. (mrpottery.co.uk)