Black Velvet Hostess Tableware by John Russell, coffee pot + wide selection of pieces in White Black Brown Modernist Geometric 1960s Design

Black Velvet Hostess Tableware by John Russell, coffee pot + wide selection of pieces in White Black Brown Modernist Geometric 1960s Design


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A selection of stunning Hostess Tableware dinner service pieces in the striking 1960s modernist Black Velvet pattern, by British ceramics design icon John Russell.

Each piece features a transfer-printed bold geometric border design in black and brown on glossy white fine bone china. The lines are sleek, minimal and stylish.

Hostess was a brand of British Anchor Potteries Ltd during the 1960s. Russell was a prolific designer in mid-century Britain. His company, John Russell Design, sold his illustrative work to several potteries and lithographic companies, and he is notable for his many and varied designs for Midwinter Pottery, amongst others.

Items are for individual sale as follows - select from the dropdown menu to purchase. Please note that there are two sizes of saucer, so take care to measure if you are looking to add to an existing set. The cups fit either size of saucer.

SOLD OUT 10" Tall Coffee Pot
SOLD OUT Dinner Plate (9" / 23cm)
Side Plate (6.75" / 17cm) 11 available £9 each
Coffee Cup (3" tall, 3" diameter, 7oz capacity, match the Coffee Saucer) 2 available £7 each
Coffee Saucer (5.75" / 14.5cm diameter, match the 3" Coffee Cup) 35 available £4 each
Larger Tea Saucer (6.25" / 16cm diameter) 4 available £4.50 each
SOLD OUT Open Sugar Bowl (3.875" / 10cm diameter)
SOLD OUT Milk Jug (3.75" / 9.5cm tall)
SOLD OUT 6.5" Cereal Bowl

All pieces in excellent vintage condition - no chips, cracks or repairs. As these pieces are over 50 years old, there may be light cutlery marks or tiny areas of wear to the pattern in places, but nothing that would detract from its beauty or function. All pieces have a Hostess Tableware Black Velvet backstamp. As with all vintage transferware, I recommend handwashing in mild detergent.

British made vintage items from Staffordshire.

UK shipping per item £3.50. Worldwide shipping available.

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 many retro china patterns from the 1950s-1970s in stock in my warehouse - please do message me if you're looking for something in particular.

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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.