Peony Ware #2

Peony Ware plate
made in Japan c.1950s

Avid readers of this blog will know that due to my [real] life as a landscape architect, I am a sucker for all things botanical. Especially 50s kitschy botanical. This Peony Ware plate- featuring- Peonies….ticks all the boxes.

Peony Ware started manufacturing slip-cast raised ‘peony’ jugs, plates, tea cups and vases in the 50s as a response to the popularity of Carlton Ware. The quality of the peonies isn’t that of Carlton Ware- although it is hand-painted and the peonies are raised -it was sold as a sort of cheaper version; and only featured peonies. Carlton Ware in the 50s was producing Fox Glove, Wild Rose, Buttercup, Apple Blossom….while Peony Ware pumped out the peonies in every conceivable colour.

This is a green plate with cream peony –  in excellent condition. It is stamped ‘Peony Ware, made in Japan’ on the underside. I’ve teamed it with a green apple for scale and colour.

For avid Peony Ware collectors, I have also a matching double-sided, handled dish- green with cream colour peonies.

This peony dish is for sale: $AUD25
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Gunda Pottery

Gunda Pottery vasesGunda Pottery
made in Melbourne, Australia 1950s

This is a pair of small vases by Harry Whyte for Gunda Pottery, which manufactured ceramic art pieces out of Melbourne in the 50s and 60s. The aboriginal motifs were produced for the souvenirware trade, and while the pair were sold as a pair- they are slightly different in form and motif.

Both pieces are hand-signed by Harry Whyte ‘HW’ on the base; Harry didn’t always sign his work believing the forms and motifs to be quite avant-garde and so instantly recognisable as his work. Certainly the organic forms of the vases were very contemporary for the 50s.

My collection contains a fair few Aboriginal motifs…once considered to be in very poor taste,  these 50s pieces are old and retro enough to be viewed as kitsch through the ironic lens of post-modernism. Cultural appropriation ain’t what it used to be!

The pair of Australian pottery is very collectible, and is for sale: $AUD75

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Diana ramekins & condiment bowls [sold]

Diana ramekins & condiment bowlsDiana ramekins & condiment bowls
made in Sydney, Australia c. 1950s

I have posted before about Diana, a Marrickville [Sydney] pottery that produced homewares from 1940 to 1975. I live very close to Marrickville, so became fascinated with this pottery and have…  um… collected… a… bit… of it….. ..  .. . .[see proof in myriad posts, below!]

These fantastic 50s ramekins are all in good condition.  I love the way the ramekins, when stacked like this, resemble Daleks [the official nomenclature is ‘scroll ware’, but I can’t help thinking Dalekware.] Each ramekin is stamped “guaranteed ovenproof” and I have tested them and they are indeed still good for oven baking today.

Diana ramekins, a quintessential 50s soup accoutrement, came in either a square or round shape with scroll handle. Diana made sure that all the 50s colours were represented, and like other ceramics of the time, continued the trend of producing multi-coloured dinnerware that could be bought piece by piece- rather than a patterned or mono-chrome set. This meant that if a piece broke, it could be easily and cheaply replaced to make up the set.

Together with the condiment bowls, these ramekins would kick-start any Diana 50s collection. The set is for sale [8 ramekins & 7 condiment bowls]: $AUD155