Raviliousís first commission from Wedgwood was for a mug to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII, expected to take place in 1937. This design was then revised for the coronations of George VI, 1937, and Queen Elizabeth II, 1953. This example is the 1953 design for the coronation of Elizabeth II. The original drawing is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Earthenware transfer-printed in black and enameled in colours. Cylindrical with a loop handle. Transfer-printed on the white earthenware body outside with hatched silhouettes of the Royal Arms and with bursting fireworks above the inscription '1953 ER'. The fireworks are picked out in yellow enamel. The lower part of the mug is washed in† pale pink The interior is printed in black monochrome with monogram 'ER II'.†
Marked on the base:
'MADE IN ENGLAND'
'TO COMMEMORATE THE CORONATION OF HER MAJESTYI QUEEN ELIZABETH II - 1953 - WEDGWOOD MADE IN ENGLAND - DESIGNED BY RAVILIOUS'
'CL 6485 / V'
Reference: Batkin and Dalrymple page 17