Westminster ‘Sierra’ platter
made in Australia, 1962
Despite both exotic names [Westminster, evoking England] and Sierra [evoking America] this platter with it’s gay 60s abstract flowers was made in Australia.
Westminster started making souvenirware under the name Stanley Rogers & Sons in Melbourne in 1954. They imported blank ceramic pieces from Japan which they then decorated locally. By the 60s the name was changed to Westminster Fine China – to suggest a longer and more illustrious history – and a much larger range of tea sets and dinner sets where produced. These were decorated with bright, abstract flower arrangements [sometimes in very 60s and 70s gaudy colours.] On the whole, this platter in the ‘Sierra’ pattern is quite restrained.
The platter is in good vintage condition, and is for sale: $25
Following my recent interest in retro ‘pixel art’ [aka tapestry] – here is a work by an unknown Australian designer and tapestriest. The piece is worked in Australian wool.
This is a wonderful abstract piece; with a somewhat naïve quality and an unintended optical illusion. It might well be a student work; I have photographed it with a tape measure so you can ascertain its dimensions.
In keeping with my friend’s idea of filling a whole wall with ‘pixel art’ – this would be a fantastic addition.
The abstract tapestry is ready for your framing, and is for sale: $AUD45
Kangaroo & Joey ceramic wall plate, made in Australia c. 1960
Kangaroo figurine, made in Australia c. 1970
A study of two kangaroos- a decade apart- but what a contrast.
The 60s wall plate- made with perforations to the back so it can be hung- features a fairly accurately realised kangaroo and joey in an abstracted environment. So far, so 60s. The 70s figurine is highly stylised- with enlarged feet and tail having a functional purpose- keeping Skippy stable.
I am absolutely partial to the archetypal fauna of Australia- kangaroo, koala, kookaburra. I know many people who limit their collections to just the one theme, maker, material or decade- but I don’t have that discipline. Kangaroo collectors, lovers and aficionados, see countless examples in blog posts below.
Kangaroo collectors should love this little lot, which is for sale: $AUD40