Learn about Barsony

Barsony Ceramics, synonymous with the production of matt black coloured ceramics from the 1950s and 1960s, was an Australian ceramics manufacturing company operated by George Barsony (1917-2010) and Jean Barsony from the early 1950s to the early 1970s.

George Barsony, a sculptor from Hungary had arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1949 and shortly after, met his future wife Jean who had come to Australia from England and worked in a Sydney pottery.

Together they set up Barsony Ceramics, and the company's operations were conducted from a factory Guernsey Street, Guildford in Western Sydney from the 1950s to 1970s.

As well as manufacturing under the Barsony name, Barsony Ceramics also produced items under the Silver Cloud and Venice labels, but items under these labels very rarely come onto the market.

Decorative items produce by Barsony included candlesticks, figurines, lamp bases, ashtrays, wall hangings, bookends, figure vases, bowls etc.

Most Barsony products were marked, although there are some that have no markings. As well there are copies of Barsony products that are unmarked, and a range of similar items were made by Kalmar. more...
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A vintage Barsony lamp, circa 1960, in the form of a woman in an 'atomic' printed top or swimsuit and brass ring hoop earrings, cm high

A Barsony table lamp, in the form of an African lady. No shade. Height 35 cm.

A Barsony table lamp, in the form of a seated lady, with original shade, circa 1955. Height 56 cm.

A pair of Barsony style black lady figures (a/f; small chip to one under arm). Height 38 cm and 34 cm

A Barsony style lamp, with shade, height 63.8 cm.

Two Barsony style black lady figures, a lamp base with ashtray and a hand raised pin tray and spill vase (2). Height; 31 cm and 22 cm

A George Barsony, black lady Ballerina lamp, mid 20th century, with original ribbon shade. Height 61 cm, $300, ,500

A George Barsony, black lady Ballerina lamp, mid 20th century, with original ribbon shade. Height 45 cm

A Barsony ceramic lamp, lady leaning on palm tree, with pink and white shade. Height 75 cm

A Barsony table lamp, depicting a lady's bust with red and white collar in front of a white shade, on wood base. Height 20 cm.

A Barsony figure of a child wearing a necklace, standing in front of a bowl, with his hand behind his back. Height 19.5 cm

A Barsony table lamp, the base shaped as a Hawaiian girl. Shade non-original. Some paint missing at base and back. Height 39 cm

Barsony Ballerina lamp. Original label attached. Height 36 cm. (total)

Barsony black lady lamp. Ballerina with red skirt. Chip to base and both earrings missing. Height 27 cm

Barsony Ceramics New South Wales, circa 1960, pair of ceramic slip cast bookends each in the form of an Indigenous elders head impressed George Barsony. Height 13 cm

Barsony Ceramics New South Wales, circa 1960, pair of ceramic slip cast bookends each in the form of an Indigenous elders head impressed George Barsony. Height 13 cm

Three's black lady figures, including lamp (marked 'Foreign' to base); African woman with drum (marked Fl-41/Barsony' to base) (paint chip to knee), and ballerina in red tutu candlestick (marked Fl/36' to base (earrings and 'Jewels' intact)

Barsony Ceramics New South Wales, circa 1960, pair of ceramic slip cast bookends each in the form of an Indigenous elders head impressed George Barsony. Height 13 cm.

Barsony Ceramics New South Wales, circa 1960, pair of slip cast ceramic bookends each in the form of an Indigenous elders head impressed George Barsony. Height 13 cm.

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