This art deco inspired jug had many incarnations: it was made from 1941-1966. This particular jug was made in the late 50s- when textured splatter glaze was all the rage. You have to hand it to Diana- they could reproduce an essentially 20s form in a whole range of finishes- from single colour, shiny glazes, to sponge dual glazes – to this sort of typical 50s ‘modernist’ glaze – to sell the same shaped jug in earthenware.
This is a fantastic Diana jug- described as J4 and selling for 9/- in 1950, when it was made. That’s 9 shillings- 9 ‘bob’ in the old parlance [or just less than half a pound!]
The jug was produced in this matt white glaze, and the brown and green drip glaze that has featured previously on this blog. I collect Diana in the brown & green colourings- but love the deco stylings of this jug and am sorely tempted to keep it.
I’ve styled the jug as a vase- the matt white glaze looks fabulous with the off-white colour schemes of most contemporary walls- and it’s nice to have a retro piece that has a few functions.
Diana ‘spotty’ pudding bowl and jug
made in Sydney, Australia c. 1952 -1957
Diana pottery didn’t start the 50s trend for spots – but it certainly continued it with gusto. During the period 1952-1957 all sorts of domestic ware was glazed with a single strong 50s blue, yellow or pink background with white dots. Large white dots, not your namby-pamby polka dots!
Spotted pottery is now popularly identified with the 50s, and it is getting increasingly harder to find. I love Diana pottery- partly for their Australiana-themed output [see many, many posts, below] and partly because it operated not far from where I now live. Nostalgia- and proximity- a heady mix!
These two pieces are not the same blue- probably hand painted by different people on different glazing days – but don’t they look smashing together? The robust pieces are still able to be put into kitchen service- I have testified on this blog before about the number of lovely christmas puddings I have enjoyed made by my sister-in-law, who often cooks them in a Diana pudding bowl [and I enjoy two gifts in one!]
I have seen the pudding bowl on an antique seller’s website for $120 – with $95 for the jug. They are now becoming rare and are collectible- and popular.