Midwinter 'Quite Contrary' Atomic Starburst 1950s Pink and Turquoise Dinner, Coffee and Tea Service Pieces designed by Jessie Tait

Midwinter 'Quite Contrary' Atomic Starburst 1950s Pink and Turquoise Dinner, Coffee and Tea Service Pieces designed by Jessie Tait


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A selection of stunning Midwinter Pottery Fashion Shape dinner and tea service pieces in the super-atomic starburst 1950s Quite Contrary pattern, by British design icon Jessie Tait. Available for individual sale.

Each piece features a transfer-printed design of pink, turquoise, grey and black exploding stars on white background. The serving tureens have a plain turquoise base and patterned lids. The holloware is plain turquoise. Tea, coffee and soup cups are turquoise with a white interior.

The turquoise pieces also match other Midwinter Fashion Shape patterns including Cannes and Cassandra.

Items are for individual sale as follows - select from the dropdown menu to purchase. Condition excellent unless specifically stated, any worn items are noted and listed at a reduced price. Stock changes regularly so do check back!

Small Teapot, 15cm to top of handle, excellent condition £125
Standard Coffee Pot, small chip to inner rim, hidden by lid, otherwise perfect £65
Standard Coffee Pot, fine crazing all over body of pot, lid perfect, £40
Covered Sugar Bowl (Patterned lid, turquoise base) Super-rare £125
SOLD OUT Butter Dish (Patterned underplate, turquoise cloche) Super-rare
Oval Serving Platters 35cm (5 available) £35 each
Oval Serving Platter 31cm (1 available) £30
Dinner Plates 25cm (6 available) £25 each
Luncheon Plates 22.25cm (7 available) £18 each
Umbrella Plate 21cm (Plain turquoise) rare £24
Tea/Side Plate 15.75cm (14 available) £12 each
Triangular Underplate for Gravy Boat £15
Patterned Gravy Boat, N.B. this is bright white £18
Plain Turquoise Gravy Boat (2 available) £12 each
SOLD OUT Pin Dish, Rare 10.75cm square
Shallow Patterned Cereal Bowl 18.75cm diameter, 3cm tall (6 available) £18 each
Patterned Tea Saucer 14.5cm (11 available) £10 each
Patterned Coffee Saucer 12cm (11 available) £10 each
Lidded Tureen with Turquoise Base & Patterned Lid, excellent condition (3 available) £35.00
Turquoise Tureen Base only (no lid, 3 available) £15.00 each
Turquoise 2-Handled Soup Cup with White Interior (15 available) £12 each
Plain Turquoise Teacup (17 available) £10 each
Plain Turquoise Wider Teacup (5 available) £12 each
Plain Turquoise Small Coffee Cups (17 available) £10 each
Plain Turquoise Milk Jug 4.375" (11cm) tall (4 available) £15 each
Plain Turquoise Small Creamer Jug 3.5" (9cm) tall (4 available) £12 each
Plain Turquoise Open Sugar Bowl (2 available) £12 each
Plain Turquoise Small Open Sugar Bowl (3 available) £10 each

NB: Pyrex in background not for sale.

All pieces in good vintage condition - no chips, cracks or repairs. As these pieces are 70 years old, there may be some crazing, light cutlery marks or small areas of wear to the pattern in places. All pieces have a Midwinter backstamp.

British made vintage items from Staffordshire.

UK shipping per item £3.50.

My items are packed and shipped within 1 business day. I take great care with my packaging, which has been described by customers as 'impregnable' and 'apocalypse proof'! I am happy to combine postage on multiple items. Will ship worldwide, message me for a quotation. Alternatively buyers are very welcome to collect in person from my showroom in Melton Mowbray in the East Midlands in England, midway between the cities of Leicester & Nottingham, postcode LE14 4AJ.

I have most other Midwinter patterns from the 1950s-1970s in stock in my warehouse - please do message me if you're looking for something in particular. I also stock damaged pieces in iconic Midwinter patterns, for use by jewellery, mosaic and craft makers, at very low prices.

View my other mid-century treasures for sale in my Etsy shop ClutterfingersRetro by clicking here: https://www.clutterfingers.com

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Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.