Diana coffee pot & vase

Diana coffee pot & vaseDiana coffee pot & vase
made in Sydney, Australia c.1950s

I have posted Diana pottery before…I am very partial to Diana as it was made in a pottery that operated in Marrickville, Sydney from 1940 to 1975- very close to where I now live. These two pieces are quintessentially 50s pieces – the vase has a lovely mottled grey outer colour and a beautiful yellow inner. The yellow is repeated in the coffee pot’s lid, the two-toned theme being popular in the 50s.

The shapes of the pieces are also very 50s- the funky asymmetric form of the vase and the tilted line of the coffee pot. You’ll notice that the vase still has its original Diana sticker – stickers tend to make a piece more valuable, and it’s in perfect condition. Likewise the coffee pot, which has never been used.

Regulars to my blog will know that I collect Diana- from the 40s in the colour marking of green and brown [this evidencing my nationalistic streak] and while I love these pieces, they are not part of my permanent collection.

For sale: $AUD125

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50s costume jewellery

50s costume jewellery, made in Australia

One of my earliest memories is of my mother’s dark green earrings. To this day, I love green jewellery- especially costume jewellery of a certain vintage.

This necklace and earrings are displayed on a Diana plate [may have mentioned Diana in a few posts, below…] I love botanical images and this wattle plate is a favourite; its colours and vintage accord well with the jewellery. All the jewellery features ‘pearlescence’ – fake pearl-i-ness [I’m not making this up!]- a particularly glamorous invention of the 50s. I especially love the clasp on the necklace – it looks like two earrings on either side of the clasp. Such attention to detail, even when often the clasp was not always seen under a ladies’ 50s bouffant.

The middle pair of [‘grape drop’, olive-green] earrings are screw-on, whilst the other two pairs are clip-ons. The green round earrings are similar in colour/tone to the necklace, although I purchased them separately and they are not a set. However, since every second bead is spherical, I think one could get away with wearing the necklace and the round earrings as an ensemble. The white pearlescence earrings round out a nice little set.

If you buy this set, you must totally send me a photo of you wearing/modelling it!     For sale: $AUD80

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Blue Diana pottery

Blue Diana pottery
made in Sydney, Australia c.1950s

Regular visitors to this blog are already familiar with my interests in Diana Pottery- which has been described as Sydney’s most prolific post-war pottery. I collect in colour ranges, and here we see the 50s blues…a lidded casserole dish featuring Blue Dampiera [Dampiera stricta, a common plant of the Sydney heath community] a scroll-handled baking dish [see post below for more scroll-ware pieces] and two blue condiment bowls.

Like other Sydney post-war potteries, Diana started producing work with Australian themes, particularly employing hand-painted flowers. The painter often left an identifying number painted on the base, as is the case with this Blue Dampiera dish.

The blue pieces – employing the same blue hue – work well together. The casserole dish served as a lolly-container in my office for some time – it seems a pity to use it for boring casseroles!      For sale: $AUD85

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Diana jugs & vase

Diana jugs and vase, Flannel Flower design
made in Sydney, Australia c.1960s

Some more of my Diana collection. Flannel Flower is the floral emblem of NSW [and has been associated with this State since Federation in 1901.]  Diana pottery in the 60s produced a number of Sydney specific floral emblems on vases and pots – some were hand painted [and quite garish in my opinion.] I like the more subtle relief work depicting the Flannel flower on these jugs and vase.

The colours of the jugs and the vase seem more in keeping with the 50s; perhaps the baby blues, greens and pinks [examples of which will appear in subsequent posts….] were so popular they were carried over into the 60s. My Diana collection finishes with these pieces from the 60s…I really can’t bring myself to embrace the pieces that were made in the 70s.

For sale: $AUD145

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Diana ramekins & condiment bowls

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

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

These fantastic 50s ramekins are all in good condition – with the exception of the bottom square blue ramekin, which has two tiny nicks in its rim [zoom in on image, you’ll see them.] I love the way the ramekins, when stacked like this, resemble Daleks [the official nomenclature is ‘scroll ware’, but I can’t help thinking Dalek ware.]

The ramekins, that 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 the Martine Boyd ramekins [also below] started the trend towards multi-coloured dinnerware that could be bought piece by piece- rather than a patterned, unified set. Together with the condiment bowls, these ramekins would kick-start any Diana 50s collection.      For sale: $AUD275

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Styling retro pieces

This is an image of bookshelves I designed for our front entrance. The bookshelves were envisaged as a series of ‘boxes’ to allow me to catalogue the books, and as a framing device for parts of my collection.  I can change the ensemble pieces around easily – and so far it’s half / half between the books and the collection. These pieces are 40s and 50s Diana, from a pottery that operated in Marrickville, Sydney from 1940 to 1975. Diana pottery had many iterations, but I like these brown and green coloured pieces the best, and I particularly like those jugs with the quasi-kangaroo leg shapes.

I don’t think I can part with my brown-and-green Diana collection, but thought I could use the shelving device to showcase other parts of the collection that I can reluctantly say goodbye to.