Portmeirion coffee cup in the Greek Key design by Susan Williams-Ellis.
This design was introduced in 1963 and proved to be very popular.
The Greek Key design is a classic that looks as good today as when it was first introduced.
This coffee cup and saucer is part of the highly collectable Greek Key range. Please check the rest of our shop for more examples in this design.
There is some clean age related crazing on the cup as shown in the photographs.
2.5 in (6.5 cm) diam
3.25 in (8.5 cm) tall
5.25 in (13.5 cm) diam
The Greek Key design came about following a chance find in the Kirkham's archives of a copper plate with the pattern on it. Brought into production in 1963 the original design was adapted to silkscreen and used on a whole range of products from coffee sets to storage jars and rolling pins. They were produced in Gold Key on a black and white body and also new colours of turquoise and orange were produced in 1967.
Gold on matt black became the most common combination, carrying on until 1983.
All combinations became design classics and as such are very collectable.