As celebrations in the year of St Pancras Railway Station’s 150th birthday draw to a close on 30th September 2019, Paul takes us back once more to the golden age of steam. His ceramic design is transported onto a limited-edition vase where glistening glass ceilings and freshly painted iron beams canopy over a burgundy steam train.
A wonder of Victorian Gothic Architecture and one of the most elegant stations in the world, St Pancras opened to connect London with England’s major cities. The station design was a unique response to its geographic context but also reflected station design and operation of the day; the platform deck was raised up on a grid of cast-iron columns in order to allow steam engines to pass over the Regent’s canal just to the north. The space underneath, now called the Arcade, was designed and used to store beer. The roof was made up of a series of wrought iron ribs holding up the largest single spanned roof in the world when first built. Its design was copied across the world, including at Grand Central Station in New York.
Paul’s adaptation connects the two edges of his plaque design, so that the design can be enjoyed in the round. Ladies in their fine attire and gentlemen in top hats emphasise the luxuries of the middle classes. The interaction between different characters, along with the colour and attention to detail, encapsulate everything that is appealing about designs crafted at Moorcroft today. The Golden Age of Steam also captures an idealistic vision of Victorian Britain, where power, progress and change gripped the growing Empire, whilst elegance, finesse and pride still prevailed in the metropolis.
- Designer: Paul Hilditch
- Dimensions: H 20.00 x W 18.50 x D 18.50 cm
- Availability: Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery
- Product Width18.50cm
- Product Height20.00cm
- Product Depth18.50cm
- Designer:Paul Hilditch
- Limited Edition Size:15
- Design Window (Style):Transport / Peaople / Architecture / Landscape