RidgwayIronstone ‘Soleil’ platters
made in Stroke-on-Trent, England 1960s
Ironstone is a vitreous pottery first made in England in the late Eighteenth Century as a cheaper mass-produced alternative to porcelain. Ridgeway was in production in Stoke-on-Trent from 1790 to 1964; and these platters were one of the last productions of the pottery.
‘Soleil’ – as in Cirque du Soleil- as soleil means “sun” – is a sunflower motif. I love the broad, elongated shape of these platters emphasised with a border- with a pure circular inset with its abstract sunflowers. These platters would look great hung on a wall. Forget whacking food on them- this is 60s art at its best!
Ideal 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