40s Australiana

40s Australian souvenirwareRoyal Scenic China jug
Victoria Czech Porcelain plate
made in Czechoslovakia c.1940s

I have a thing for souvenirware- it’s true. So far Casino, Cairns, Cooma, Forster and Taree have been featured as hand-coloured transfer prints on all manner of ceramic items. Now it’s Launceston- ‘Looking toward the gorge’ [pretty generic description- perhaps there’s just the one in Launceston?] and Coonabarraban- featuring ‘Bottle Rock’.

Interesting all these 40s souvenirware was produced by a couple of different manufacturers in Czechoslovakia; IBC Royal Scenic China and Victoria Czech Porcelain. Photographic images were sent to the manufacturers who applied the transfer which was then hand tinted before final glazing. The colourist seems to have been a little enthusiastic with the tinting, or the original print itself was somewhat exaggerated in colour- but either way- the colours are still vibrant today. I particularly like the 40s affectation of the ‘blush’ of colour- seen as the sky on the jug and as decoration to the edges of the plate.

Both items have the obligatory gilt edging, indicating the items were for special occasions, certainly not for every-day-use. They are for sale: $AUD55

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