Ideal 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.
Ideal 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.