Thursday October 7, 2010

Beautiful Balmoral, on a plate

Balmoral - Vande Pottery

This little Vande plate with its beautiful depiction of Balmoral is one of the gems that we saw as a result of the Australian Accent exhibition. Unsure of its origins, the owner brought it into the Library for identification and we were able to say it was a Vande piece and had been decorated by the elusive AMP. It is 14 cm in diameter.

If you haven’t seen Australian Accent: the Designs of Annan Fabrics and Vande Pottery of the ’40s and ’50s – or wish to revisit it – make sure to visit the Mosman Art Gallery this week. The exhibition closes Sunday.

UPDATE: 10 DECEMBER 2010

Thanks to kooriflag on Flickr who left a comment with more information:

This plate although beautiful is not by Vande Pottery. It is a later work by AMP and was made after Vande Pottery closed. I have a few examples of her later works.

I suspected AMP went out on her own as I have found similar pieces which were definitely not Vande. This also explains why the plate shape is that of another commercial studio – Studio Anna.

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