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Dali designs in porcelain display

Dali tea set
The firm said the inspiration for the design was a mystery

A tea set designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dali for a Derby company is to go on show for the first time.

The plates, cups and bowls, decorated with stems sprouting pink gloves, were produced by Dali for Royal Crown Derby in the 1930s.

The set was part of a collection bought by the Victoria and Albert museum and only later identified as being by the Spanish artist.

The firm has bought some of the pieces for a display at its factory.

The set is part of a touring exhibition which features designers from the firm's 259 year history, chosen by its chairman Hugh Gibson.

Artistic surprise

Mr Gibson said the Dali set was one of its most eye-catching examples.

"Here you have a typical floral design, but instead of the flowers he has put pink gloves.

"Why pink gloves? Goodness knows, but it is just a kind of funny surprise and shock which is typical of the surrealist movement."

The exhibition will go on public display at the company's Derby museum shortly, before transferring to Paris and New York in the spring.


Royal Crown Derby chairman Hugh Gibson unveils a newly identified Dali design in an exhibition

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