Bluebird biscuit tins (McVitie and Price)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Bluebird biscuit tins (McVitie and Price)

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location:
Arch Two , Area 9
Biscuit Tins (display)
Shelf 2

A matching pair of large lithographed tinplate "Bluebird" biscuit tins produced for Scottish biscuit manufacturer McVitie and Price. The V&A list the bird as having been made by the firm of Barringer, Wallis & Manners in 1911.

This exhibit is from the collection of Sarah Leather


Description

The tin's body is shaped roughly like an upright rugby ball, with a circular base with embossed feet, and a somewhat squat removable head. The overall colour is greeny-blue, with a yellow/orange chest and a reddish-orange beak.

Possible design influences

Tinware designers had a habit of experimenting with different styles and techniques, and reusing the resulting shapes with different lithography.

In the case of the bluebirds, the central fourfold-symmetrical "vase" design without the bird's head looks like a four-petalled or four husked seedpod or flowerbud, and looks to be less like a bird and more like a plant-inspired abstract vase.

It in fact looks rather as if it might have been inspired by some of the silverware produced in Paris by Paul Follot (1877-1941), a French designer involved with the "L'Art dans Tout" movement, a traditionalist anti-modernist counterpart to the various "rustic" movements in England. Follot's later work included designing for Wedgwood.


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