It was designed in 1957 by Enid Seeny and Tom Arnold for Ridgway and was made especially for sale through Woolworth's. It had a long production run and was still made as late as 1968 such was its popularity.
The V&A have a number of pieces from the set in their collection from which I have shared a few images below, and the following background information about the design is from the website pages for the pieces HERE. While you are there have a look at some of the furniture associated with this design.
"Aimed at the middle to lower income consumer, Homemaker tableware was retailed through Woolworth's between 1955 and 1968. The images of 1950s Contemporary style domestic furniture and furnishings as decoration on such humble household products, proved particularly popular acting as a style guide to what one ought to have in their modern interiors. Some of the images are recognisable 'high design' such as Robin Day's reclining armchair and others are representative of more popular design of the period, like the boomerang-shaped table. A complete range of tableware was produced by Ridgway with the Homemaker design, including full dinner and tea and coffee sets, tureens and serving platters. In terms of what was actually happening in design in 1957 when Homemaker was fist released, many of the objects depicted in the decoration were well established icons. Certainly by 1968 these objects would have looked very out-of-date................The economy of the manufacturing process is demonstrated in the application of the transfer printing on the more complex shapes, like the coffee and tea pots, where the large transfer has simply been cut into smaller pieces and applied in pieces around the shape"
I bought 2 cups and saucers, and they are in such beautiful condition. I noticed a few weeks ago there was a dinner setting for 4 in a local antique store - but I didn't want to part with $550 as much as I would love to have a set. I just love the depth and gloss of the black - it is so intense, as well as that iconic pattern of course.
|Homemaker Tureen - Collection of V&A|
|Homemaker Soup Cup & Saucer - Collection of V&A|
|Homemaker Teapot - Collection of V&A|