£ 18.00 GBP
A side/salad plate in English fine bone china from our Union collection tracing the story of ‘&’, representing partnership, collaboration and coming together - union.
Add our Union serving plate and white tableware or display on the wall.
Union 1 depicts the first recorded ampersand - graffiti found carved in a wall in Pompeii 79AD, and 4th century Roman script.
From Pompeii graffiti 2000 years ago to today, the Union collection tells the story of ‘&’, a mark that evolved from the Latin ‘et’. The design of each plate reflects its place in our timeline to create unique pieces that also come together beautifully as a set.
For more on the story of Union visit the Union page.
Union dimensions / material / care
Union 1/ 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6: 21cm/8.25" salad/side plate
Union 7: 27cm/10.5" serving/cake plate
Union set 01: 6 side/salad plates
Union set 02: 6 side/salad plates + 1 serving/cake plate
material / care
Fine bone china handmade and silkscreened by hand in Staffordshire, England.
Date of each ‘&’ in the design printed on the reverse.
Microwave and dishwasher safe.
For a graphic Timeline visit our Union page.
UNION 1 First recorded ampersand, graffiti carved in a wall in Pompeii 79AD / Roman script 4th century.
UNION 2 France 7th century / Italy 9th century.
UNION 3 Calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino 1540, Rome / Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator, 1540, Leuven.
UNION 4 French calligrapher Luca Materot 1608 / English engraver Edward Cocker 1673 / English printer/type designer John Baskerville, early drawing for Baskerville typeface 1757.
UNION 5 Perpetua 1925-29, English designer/printmaker/stonecutter Eric Gill / Trajan 1989, American artist/designer Carol Twombly / Minion 1990, American type designer Robert Slimbach
UNION 6 universal alphabet 1925 originally by Herbert Bayer for bauhaus dessau / Lubalin Graph 1974, Herb Lubalin USA / Abadi 1987 Ong Chong Wah Singapore/UK / Whitebeam Studio 2016.
UNION 7 one ‘&’ from each period in our timeline 79AD, 7th century, 1540, 1673, 1925, 1928.
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about Whitebeam Studio
Welcome to Whitebeam Studio! We are an independent designer/maker studio based in Brooklyn New York and Clerkenwell London, founded five years ago by English designer Diana Allen and her daughter, visual artist Holly AllenCooper.
We work collaboratively, our respective arts backgrounds combining to make collections that may appear eclectic but always originate in drawing and the highest quality raw materials.
Our products are all designed and developed inhouse. Our stainless steel jewelry and art prints are made by hand at our two studios, ceramics in collaboration with a small uk pottery.