70s Golden Glory

Johnson ‘Golden Glory’ teacups
made in Australia 1976

The back stamp of these 70s tea cups is Johnson OF Australia – [reminds me of Lawrence OF Arabia!] Johnson Bros [Australia] produced transfer printed stoneware crockery marketed as “tough, utilitarian ware” – which is why these teacups are looking so fresh and unblemished today. Also- never been out of the box.

Johnson Bros [Australia] was a division of Johnson Brothers England- at the time one of the largest domestic pottery producers in the world. This design is ‘Golden Glory’- which, double entendre aside, is a selection of lovely golden Australian flowers. This pattern was collected and added to the Powerhouse collection by a Melbourne artist -John Hind.

I have recently started to embrace the 70s – and Australiana from the 70s; and now I have an Instagram account, I have been seeing much 70s Australiana – and Johnsons ceramics are much celebrated. There is one fantastic site where Johnson pieces are cut and sanded to make upcycled jewellery: rings and necklaces. It’s a lovely celebration of 70s iconography and the ‘tough, utilitarian ware’ that the Johnson Bros never imagined.

This boxed set of four teacups and saucers is for sale: $AU45 Buy now for Christmas!

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50s roses

Johnson 'Sovereign Rose' plates, 1950sJohnson Sovereign ‘Rose’ pottery
made in Queensland, Australia 1957

This set comprises two plates- they are that rounded–square shape [‘squircle’] so beloved of the 50s.

I have waxed lyrical already about my love of 50s kitsch- but this set really has it all for me- botanical theme [tick] and stylised and over-coloured roses [tick.] The ‘Sovereign Rose’ dinner sets came in a deep crimson rose, and this lovely yellow rose design.

A whole dinner set of this stuff could be somewhat overpowering- I think it would be nice to mix these plates with plain 50s coloured plates – picking up the rosey colours perhaps.

This set is in tip-top condition. For sale: $AUD50

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Sovereign ‘Rose’ pottery

Sovereign potteryJohnson Sovereign ‘Rose’ pottery
made in Queensland, Australia 1957

This set comprises two plates- they are that rounded–square shape so beloved of the 50s, and a jug. The jug is inscribed with 1 ½ pt to its base- an indication of its holding capacity.

I have waxed lyrical already about my love of 50s kitsch- but this set really has it all for me- botanical theme [tick] stylized and over-coloured roses [tick] thin gilt line to the jug handle and rim to suggest glamour [tick.]

A whole dinner set of this stuff could be somewhat overpowering- I think it would be nice to mix these plates with plain 50s coloured plates – picking up the rosey colours and the square-roundy shape perhaps.

This set is in tip-top condition. For sale: $AUD65

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