Melrose Ware. Australia

Biographical Information

About 1932 the Hoffman Brick Company in Melbourne expanded its interests and took over a small art-pottery and began to market a range of commercial art-pottery that employed Australian floral and faunal motifs. This ware was called ‘Mel-rose Australian Ware' and although moulded and thus capable of being economically mass-produced it had some of the qualities of more expensive handmade pottery. Usually coloured green, a fresh clean colour that enjoyed a lasting vogue in the 1930s after the drab browns and ochres of the Depression, some examples exist which have white, pink, grey blue or other coloured glazes. Gum leaves are the usual motif employed on Mel-rose Australian Ware. Possums, kangaroos, koalas and fish are some of the animals employed as decorative motifs on bowls jugs, vases and bookends. Mel-rose Australian Ware continued in production until about 1940, when the escalation of war efforts and privation made the production of goods impossible. Edit or add to this biography

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John Batman Two Handled Vase
Glazed ceramic, 25.5 cm high
Australian Paintings, Leonard Joel, Melbourne.
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