Long-lost feminist dinner set resurfaces at a London gallery

Apr 09, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
(Source: https://www.charleston.org.uk/bloomsburyplates/)
(Source: https://www.charleston.org.uk/bloomsburyplates/)

50 plain Wedgewood white china dinner plates, reminiscent of feminist art from the period between 1932 and 1934, portraying images of famous and forgotten women in the history, have resurfaced for the first time at London’s Piano Nobile gallery after decades of untraced existence.

The masterpiece by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, who were part of the Bloomsbury group, is a proto-feminist work, depicting powerful, “liberated” women, defying patriarchal norms as they carved their names in history, reports Smithsonian.com.

“The Famous Women Dinner Service,” a private estate of British art historian Kenneth Clark and his first wife Jane, predates Judith Chicago’s similarly themed dinner service, portraying bold and provocative feminism, writes Fine Books.