Denby Arabesque small coffee mugs/cups and saucers x2

  • Materials: Ceramic
  • Size: mugs/cups: 100mm (H) x 87mm (Diam) / saucers: 147mm (Diam)
  • Reference: S20115
  • Designer: Gill Pemberton
  • Manufacturer: Denby
  • Categories: Ceramic
A pair of small coffee mugs/cups and saucers from the enduringly popular Arabesque range by Denby. The sturdy stoneware and eye catching design make them as desirable today as when manufactured.

Denby Arabesque is one of the more famous discontinued tableware patterns from the Denby Pottery. Designed by Gill Pemberton, it was inspired by a trip to Russia.

The 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.