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!
Crown Lynn ‘Clematis’ dinner plates
made in New Zealand c.1960s
I have previously posted ‘Clematis’ crockery: a breakfast set for 4. Here are two matching dinner plates.
This is my first collection from NZ, which is a terrible oversight. But since both Australia and New Zealand have Clematis- a perfumed flowery climber – I naturally responded to the botanical theme. And the funky retro graphics, and colourings. Botanical, flowery themes – and the spare graphics – will get me in every time.
Crown Lynn is very collectible right now – and so is the Clematis design [pattern #141.] I’ve had many inquires from ex-pats living overseas who are now collecting Clematis – but unfortunately the shipping costs make it too expensive.
Poole Blue Moon tea cups
made in England 1960-1975
Following on from my last post, here is another set of mid-century Poole teacups.
Poole is a celebrated pottery operating from Dorset, England from 1873 – and continuing until today. I am particularly fond of the pottery produced between the 1930s and 1960s.
These tea cups – very modern in shape and sans handle – are part of the Cameo range. The colour is ‘Blue Moon’ –a deep blue exterior, with a slightly off-white interior [pure white would be too stark…this off-white is just right.] The set of eight tea cups and saucers have the traditional mid-century Poole mark on each piece.
The cups don’t hold much tea – perhaps they were for a Japanese tea ceremony- which would certainly align with the blue moon theme. Either way, the set of eight cups and saucers are delicious.