DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service, makers mark for Walker & Hall, Sheffield, pots 1959 cream and sugar 1960, the with incuse pattern number 53718, also 25,  (4)
Lot 192
DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service Marks for Walker & Hall, Sheffield, pots 1959 cream and sugar 1960, the with incuse pattern number 53718, also 25 (4)
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,123) inc. premium

Lot Details
DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service
Marks for Walker & Hall, Sheffield, pots 1959 cream and sugar 1960, the with incuse pattern number 53718, also 25
The service of oval tapering form with curved sides and incurved tops, the pots with leather covered handles and pull-off covers with resin finials, weight total 77oz. (4)

Footnotes

  • Manufactured by Walker & Hall of Sheffield, who employed Mellor as a design consultant from 1954, the Pride tea service was designed by David Mellor in 1958. In 1959 it won a Council of Industrial Design award

    David Mellor CBE, RDI is one of the best known 20th century British designers and was a key figure in the evolution of post-war British design. He was born in Sheffield in 1930 and, from the age of twelve, attended the Junior Art Department Sheffield College of Art. In 1945, he progressed to the Sheffield College of Art where he became interested in contemporary design. After National Service, Mellor went to the Royal College of Art under Professor Robert Goodden, winning a scholarship to study at the British School in Rome. After graduating in 1954, Mellor returned to Sheffield and set up a workshop and studio for special commissions in silver and was at the centre of a resurgence of the interest in contemporary silversmithing. In 1962, he became the youngest ever Royal Designer for Industry.

    Mellor is recognised for the great diversity of his design work from cutlery, hence his nick name the 'cutlery king,' to designing Britain's first modern street furniture. Driven by a passion for good design for the public he made a considerable impact on the British street landscape, with designs for bus shelters, the square post box, street lighting, seating and litter bins. However, we will be most familiar with his traffic lights. In 1965, he was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport to redesign the national traffic light system, Mellor's traffic lights are still in use today almost unaltered since their introduction 40 years ago.

    A museum in Hathersage, Derbyshire shows the full historic collection of his work.
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