Early 20th Century Noritake design always captivates me with their bright, saturated colours.
Equally fascinating are the designs Noritake produced specifiably for the Australian market – previously I have posted about the charming “Kookaburra” design.
I recently came across a tea set in this design – “Blue Wren & Golden Wattle” which has the backstamp which was used in the late 1920s.
The blue wren has the same pink and blue hues used in one of the variations of the Kookaburra design and again features the golden wattle flower. As far as I can deduce – the blue wren design pre dates the Kookaburra design by about a decade.
Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle Teapot
Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle, Trio
Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle, Milk Jug
Have a look at this fabulous and fun set of fish ramekins or bowls from Australian pottery “Diana” c1950s, possibly early 1960s.
They are made from slipcast earthenware, as most production pottery would have been at this time. Typical of the colours of this time – which all work so well together. I like the attention to detail like the grey shading on the exteriors, the hand painted eyes, and the fins which have managed to survive intact for about 60+ years.
The stamp you see on the base of one of them below is of course depicting Diana the Huntress (Roman Mythology), the logo of this pottery during that era.
If you are not familiar with Diana Pottery, see my previous post Diana Australia (which has further links for more of the history of this pottery)
Diana Australia – Fish Shaped Ramekins c1950s
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