Royal Albert (M80)

Catalogue Record



Lin Cheung


Royal Albert

Made in





Black ceramic cup with pink rose patterning on the inside, with an oxidised silver saucer, shaped as the shadow of the cup.

Materials and techniques

Found vintage cup, hand formed sterling silver sheet, hand finished surface patina - oxidised silver saucer with manufactured ceramic cup.


length:  18cm
width:  13.5cm
height:  7cm

Object number




Lin Cheung - Jewellery & Objects (2005)
  • Royal Albert, Lin Cheung, 2008, Crafts Council Collection: M80. Photo: John Hammond

  • Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Willow, Lin Cheung, 2008, Crafts Council Collection: M80, M81, M82. Photo: John Hammond

Maker's statement

A distinctive shift of emphasis from jewellery to objects. Ideas and approach to thinking about objects already existed but began to expose these more deliberately, making sets of things and taking part in silver and object only exhibitions. I often collect things just because I like them or have sentimental value regardless of use, useless or incompleteness. I owned one or two cups that had lost their saucers but continued using them with other saucers. It just didn't feel right. All the pieces for the 'After eight' series follow the same idea: that a cup without is original saucer always has a natural companion in its own shadow. The silver shadows are cast at an imaginary 8pm and unique to each cup. I have since gone on to make silver shadows for other people's cherished or favourite, lonely cups.