50s Australiana souvenirware

Retro Australiana souvenirwareStudio Anna souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1953
Coronet souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1954

I am particularly drawn to kitsch pottery that has landscape or botanical images…souvenirware from the 50s is right up my street! I have posted Studio Anna pottery previously- you might remember that it was situated right near where I now live, in inner-Sydney.

The first three dishes- to the left of the image -are by Studio Anna; the Cornet plates are the funky blue plate with flannel flowers, and the shell-shaped dish which features a eucalypt flower. Coronet pottery was a small pottery that operated in Sydney between the wars.

The topmost dish, with a funky 50s hotel image [pool side perspective] is inscribed ‘Hayman Island’, which is a popular tourist destination in Queensland. The round, green dish under Hayman Island is inscribed “Lilac Time, Goulburn’ – a town featured recently on a silver tea strainer, and the last landscape dish is a view of ‘Hobart’. Having never been to Australia’s island state, I can’t attest to its 1950s accuracy, but it’s what I image Hobart would have [perhaps still does?] look like.

For Studio Anna collectors, Coronet enthusiasts, or souvenirware devotees – this collection is for sale: $AUD145

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Vogue tea for one!

Vogue tea cup & saucerVogue cup and saucer, made in England 1950s
ESPN tea strainer, made in Australia 1940s

This lovely pink bone china cup and saucer, made by Vogue in the 50s, was also made in powder blue and pastel yellow [who woulda thought?- it being the 50s!?!] In a nod to classic convention, the subtly scalloped edge to the cup rim and handle, and the saucer is gilt. Definitely NOT one for the dishwasher.

The cup and saucer is teamed with a silver-plated tea strainer which has ‘cosmetic wear’ [a recently learnt term- I take it to mean that the item has lived a full life.] The strainer has a rather endearing enamelled badge featuring Goulburn Courthouse [Goulburn being a regional town, south of Sydney- with the courthouse designed by the renowned Government Architect James Barnet in 1881.]

The strainer shows art deco affectations to its handles- a sign of nostalgia for the 20s when tea was drunk across the British Empire- without the reality of war. The enamelled badge marks it as souvenirware- the sort of thing to buy for Auntie Madge when making the big trip down to Goulburn.

The Vogue cup & saucer is in excellent condition, while the tea strainer has ‘cosmetic wear’. This set is for sale: $AUD65

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50s souvenir ware

Studio Anna souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1953
Coronet souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1954

I am particularly drawn to kitsch pottery that has landscape or botanical images…souvenir ware from the 50s is right up my street! I have posted Studio Anna pottery previously- you might remember that its pottery was situated right near where I now live, in inner-Sydney.

The first three dishes- to the left of the image -are by Studio Anna; the Cornet plates are the funky blue plate with flannel flowers, and the shell-shaped dish which features a eucalypt flower. Coronet pottery was a small pottery that operated in Sydney between the wars.

The topmost dish, with a funky 50s hotel image [pool side perspective] is inscribed ‘Hayman Island’, which is a popular tourist destination in Queensland. The round, green dish under Hayman Island is inscribed “Lilac Time, Goulburn’ – Goulburn being a small country town between Sydney and Canberra, and the last landscape dish is a view of ‘Hobart’. Having never been to Australia’s island state, I can’t attest to its 1950s accuracy, but it’s what I image Hobart would have [perhaps still does?] look like.

For Studio Anna collectors, Coronet enthusiasts, or souvenir ware devotees – this collection is for sale: $AUD145

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