Pavlova platter

Pavlova platter [1970s]Ideal Ironstone Ware Pavlova recipe platter,
made in Japan c.1970s

Don’t be fooled, this is “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof’; it’s stated quite clearly on the back! And since I have made a couple of Pavlovas [they being my favourite food, next to Coconut Ice] I can attest to the accuracy of this statement.

Being a pavlova aficionado, I could not but help collect these platters. A platter this is both recipe and baking dish AND craze-proof– what’s not to love? And the fantastic 70s daisy graphic in tangerine- absolutely delightful.

The pavlova platter has been styled with a 70s teak candle holder; I like the russet tones together and I think the candle holder lends a certain elegance to the platter. Pavlova by candle-light anyone?

The pavlova platter is for sale: $AUD35

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World’s Finest Ironstone [sold]

Ironstone platters & plateIdeal Ironstone Ware platters and plate
made in Japan, 1960s

You may have enjoyed the pavlova plates I posted made by Ideal Ironstone Ware- here are some of their other 60s outputs- a series of platters and dishes with realistic transfer prints with a unifying motif of….parsley. I have given it a botanical assessment…and yep, that’s parsley.

So- the two platters- with central hollow for a dipping sauce, feature oysters and prawns. And parsley. The oysters on the first platter are seen in their various stages from ‘natural’ to shucked, and my -don’t they look delicious? The lobsters on the second platter are gaily arrayed around the parsley. They look to me- as an Australian to be more like yabbies…but after research I believe they are meant to convey lobsters to a European market. In the 60s yabbies were hardly a well known culinary dish.

The last dish is a matching lobster/parsley dish – for the left over shells after eating. Its central motif is a slice of lemon- which indicates its use. All three plates have a gilt edge…and so the three are perfect for an Aussie Christmas lunch of prawns, yabbies, lobster and oysters. Parsley optional.

The three plates are for sale: $AUD85

Retro oyster platter

Ideal Ironstone oyster platterIdeal Ironstone Ware oyster platter, made in Japan c.1960s

Ideal Ironstone Ware is: “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof’. It is stated quite clearly on the back of the plate; and it must be of the finest ironstone, because in over forty years it has indeed remained craze-proof [*which is more than can be said for me* etc, etc.]

This platter falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. The realistic depiction of oysters- shucked and un-shucked amongst parsley leaves doesn’t get more prosaic – or more kitschy. And there’s a dipping bowl in the centre for the lime/lemon juice. All of it surrounded by a nice gilt edge- classy! What oyster-fancier wouldn’t love to own one?

Australians are a nation of oyster-eaters as we grow/farm one of the largest rock oyster species in the world. I count myself amongst one of the oyster-fanciers. The oyster platter is teamed with a plastic pineapple and a green ceramic cat- evidencing other innovations of the 60s.

The Ideal oyster platter is for sale: $AUD65

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Pavlova platters [sold]

Retro pavlova platesIdeal Ironstone Ware Pavlova recipe platters, made in Japan c.1960s

Don’t be fooled, these are “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof’”.  It is stated quite clearly on the back of the plates. And since I have made a couple of Pavlovas [they being my favourite food, next to Coconut Ice] I can attest to the accuracy of this statement.

Being a pavlova aficionado, I could not but help collect these plates. A plate that is both recipe and baking dish – all in one! – and craze-proof to boot! – what’s not to love? [Although, I agree, the ‘craze’-proof refers to the plate, not to me.]

I have seen these plates –separately- on Ebay for $30 or $40 – clearly there is a pavlova loving public that needs~ 1] a great 60s pavlova recipe and~ 2] a great 60s plate for baking said pavlova. I feel totally vindicated in my pavlova-adoring, craze-proof state of mind!

Four different 60s designs, four totally identical pavlova recipes; these plates are for sale: $AUD65