A very nice and unique MAORI DESIGN ESSEXWARE Tankard in excellent condition...no chips or cracks....stands 5" high. Has some age crazing which is fairly typical for a glazed pottery piece of some 55 years of age.Essexware was produced by English migrants, Gordon and Irene Dunstan at Gladstone Road, Leura in the Blue Mountains of Australia for a period of four years in the early to mid 1950s. The name Essexware was coined from Essex, the English county of origin of Irene Dunstan. By 1955 the Dunstans were employing 14 people, one of whom, Tom Alban, was an artist who signed his name on many items. They are popular collectables because of the Aboriginal themes and designs which were made before the appropriation of the style of other cultures was rightly criticised, and illegal in the case of outright copying. The Dunstans were both inspired and copied original artwork from the Melbourne Ward’s Museum of Natural History at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains. The interest at that time in Aboriginal motifs was said to have been limited until their extensive use in street decorations during the 1954 tour of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II; after which there was a surge of enthusiasm satisfied by the likes of companies such as Essexware. A much more limited range of MAORI DESIGN items was also produced and these are now considered highly collectible.
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