Denby Arabesque cups and saucers x6

  • Materials: stoneware
  • Size: cups: 100mm (H) x 87mm (Diam) / saucers: 147mm (Diam)
  • Reference: SB21029b
  • Designer: Gill Pemberton
  • Manufacturer: Denby
  • Categories: Ceramic
A set of 6 cups and saucers in the distinctive style and unusual colours of the Arabesque range by Denby. The cups have white glazed interiors and the saucers have a raised centre which holds the cups in place.

Arabesque is one of the more famous tableware patterns from the Denby Pottery. Designed by Gill Pemberton, the evocative shapes and decoration were 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. The range was discontinued in 1984.