Learn about Crown Lynn

The Crown Lynn story is part of the New Zealand's heritage. Operating during the period 1948 - 1989, the factory produced domestic ware commonly used in most New Zealand homes c1950.

The story began in the 1860s, at Hobsonville where a farmer, R. O. Clark, encountering drainage problems, made his own clay drainage pipes. Demand was such that he went into business as a manufacturer of bricks and tiles and began a family business which was to have a lasting impact on New Zealand households.

In 1931 Thomas Clark, the great grandson of the original owner joined the firm. He realised the opportunities and expanded into domestic ware, opening a porcelain Specials Department in 1937. During WW2 the Specials Department was declared an essential industry and moved into making vitrified mugs and cereal bowls for the American Forces in the Pacific. Until 1947 half the production from the specials department was exported to Australia. The Specials Department became a separate company in 1948, and was called Crown Lynn. Important designers include Dave Jenkin, Mirek Smizek, Frank Carpay, Daniel Steenstra, Ernest Shufflebottom, Dorothy Thorpe. more...

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Two slip-cast Crown Lynn Art Deco ovoid pottery vases, with concentric banding

An early Crown Lynn slip cast kiwi vase, in cream brown glaze, height 12 cm

Crown Lynn, blue trickled glazed bottle vase, height 18 cm

Two early Crown Lynn ovoid vases, each with daubed green glazes

Daniel Steenstra for Crown Lynn, hand-potted yellow glazed vase, height 27 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, large and impressive hand-potted vase, ovoid shape no. 14, height 25 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand-potted white glazed vase, shape no. 8; chips to the foot and to the top rim, height 18 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand-potted white glazed ovoid vase, three concentric bands to the top section, height 13 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, large hand-potted white glazed ovoid vase, with concentric bands; shape no. 24

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, small hand-potted vase, shape no. 5 with concentric bands to the top section, height 13 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand-potted ovoid vase, shape no. 11, height 19 cm

A good Crown Lynn large hand potted vase, shape #24 with lathe banded spherical body and open flared neck, traditional matt white glaze, printed and incised marks to base. Height 23.3 cm

Four Crown Lynn pottery vases, with blue glaze. Height 23.5 cm max

Six Crown Lynn pottery vases, with blue glaze. Height 14 cm max

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand potted ovoid vase shape 5, with three concentric bands to the upper section

Crown Lynn, moulded ovoid white pottery vase, with three concentric bands. Height 21 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand potted vase shape 18, with three concentric bands to the top rim. Height 22 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand potted vase shape 46, small chip to the foot rim

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand potted vase, shape 5, with three concentric vase to the top rim. Height 19 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand potted vase, shape 11, with concentric bands to the mid-section. Height 18 cm

Frank Carpay for Crown Lynn, Handwerk plate, hand painted in blue and white with a vase spilling forth a profusion of flowers. Diameter 23 cm

Pair Crown Lynn Mantle Vases matt white, ribbed inverted baluster #2083 27.5 cm height

Crown Lynn Vase ribbed matt white #14 printed mark 23 cm height

A Mirek Smisek Crown Lynn Bohemia ware beaker vase, the traditional matt glaze with incised decoration to the exterior, cream gloss glazed interior. The base incised 'Bohemia Handmade'. Height 12.5 cm

A Crown Lynn Hand Potted Daniel Steenstra yellow glazed bottle vase, black glaze to the interior, flared top rim, striking yellow glaze to the body, printed mark and incised shape no. 16. Height 28.5 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, hand potted vase, with pale blue glaze. Height 18.5 cm

An unusual Crown Lynn hand potted conical vase, with lathe turned decoration, shaped oval rim and green and yellow glaze effects. Tiki mark to base. Height 26 cm

Crown Lynn, handpotted vase, no. 15, printed marks, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn, handpotted vase, no 14, printed marks, 20 cm height (glaze fault)

Crown Lynn, four early vases, impressed mark &, incised no., 15 cm height, max

Crown Lynn, three early vases, impressed mark &, incised no., 15 cm height, max

Crown Lynn, three early vases, impressed mark &, incised no., 15 cm height, max

Frank Carpay for Crown Lynn bottle form vase, the off-white body with two black bands to the top rim and a wide band of speckled black design to the shoulder, hand painted and printed marks to base. Height 22 cm

A Crown Lynn Hand Potted Daniel Steenstra vase similar to above, mildly tapered tall cylindrical form, printed mark and incised shape no. 12. Height 27 cm

A Crown Lynn large hand painted and hand potted vase, attributed to Daniel Steenstra, of wide baluster form, gloss white with hand painted leaf sprigs in brown, teal blue and red tone, printed mark to base. Height 25.5 cm

A rare Crown Lynn large pale mint green glazed hand potted vase, spherical form with six concave horizontal bands, spreading foot, printed mark to base. Height 23.5 cm

An early Crown Lynn ribbed ovoid vase, pale green glaze, printed mark to base. Height 13.5 cm

Crown Lynn, posy vase, printed tiki mark 11.5 cm height

A Crown Lynn vase, attributed to Daniel Steenstra, ovoid shape with cylindrical neck, decorated with white encircling fine bands on a daubed green and mauve ground. Unmarked. Height 16 cm

A good Crown Lynn Amalgamated mottled red and blue glazed vase, shape 59, wrythen fluted ovoid with scalloped mouth. Height 18 cm

A large Crown Lynn vase of spherical shape on a circular foot, banded design with a pale green glaze, designed by Ernest Shufflebotham. Height 235, impressed marks

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