Learn about Diana Pottery

The Diana Pottery Pty Ltd operated at Marrickville, New South Wales from 1941 to 1966, and was the most important Australian ceramics manufacturer during this period

Establlished during World War II, the Diana Pottery produced wares to assist the war effort, including cups and mugs for Navy and munitions cantens, along with tea pots and milk jugs.

At the cessation of World War II, the pottery diversified and commercilaised its output to include a large variety of slip cast vases in many colours, shapes and sizes, book ends, animal figures, table ware, utility and kitchen ware. Over the life of the pottery, over 200 different shapes were produced.

By the early 1950s the company had more than 70 employees and were producing a large range of hand painted articles which included "Waltzing Matilda" musical mugs and jugs, and produced bright "gumnut" pots with pale green and brown glazes.

The musical mugs and jugs played when lifted, and the movements were expensive and difficult to obtain, being imported from Switzerland, so many mugs and jusg that should have had movements were sold without at reduced prices. more...
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An Art Deco Diana lamp with glass shade, circa 1930s. 48 cm

Pair of Diana Australia gizelle bookends factory impressed mark to base, 19 cm high approx

A Diana planter, orange and green glaze. Impression at base. Length 26 cm

A Diana 'Waltzing Matilda jug'. Swiss musical movement, modelled by Tony Vacek for the Diana Pottery of Marrickville NSW in 1951

A Diana Pottery lamp base. Stork design. Marked at base

A Diana vase, flower bud form with turquoise glaze. Height 19 cm

Wedgwood Jasperware two lidded round boxes with miniature urn, 250th anniversary Josiah Wedgwood pin dish boxed and pair boxed Royal wedding Charles & Diana pin dishes (6)

A collection of Wedgwood jasperware Brisish Royal commemorative pieces (15) including Queens silver Jubillee plate and box, a Charles and Diana plate, bell and lidded heart box and Christmas 1982 'Lambeth Palace' plate

Three various matching Diana Pottery items, including tri-footed bowl, vase and bowl. Black and white polka dot design. C.1950s. Diameter 29 cm height 18 cm and height 6 cm

Four Australian 1950s pottery vases, including Pates marlin trough; Diana 'Flannel flower' wall pocket; and Newtone doubled handled. Length 42 cm height 12 cm length 22 cm

Four Brownie Downing plates, one large and three small, one print and one Diana pin dish (6)

Pair of large opposing garden composite figures of Hercules & Diana the huntress on pedestal bases (4), approx height 205 cm

Four Diana Aboriginal mugs, decorated with sgraffito Aboriginal men on black ground. Each bears original adhesive label. Height 12 cm

Diana Pottery Vickers Gin Advert rooster figure. Height 19 cm

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, five ceramic dishes and a pair of cruets each painted with Indigenous Australian motifs the largest 22 cm long

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, two shaped ceramic dishes each painted with an indigenous figure black ground 29.5 cm wide

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, circular shaped ceramic vase decorated with an Indigenous figure in a landscape white ground painted Central Australia printed factory mark 21 cm high

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, ovoid shaped ceramic vase decorated with an Australian landscape white ground painted Central Australia printed factory mark and paper label 19 cm high

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, four ceramic mugs each painted with an indigenous elder black ground 12.5 cm high

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, baluster ceramic vase painted with an Indigenous figure 16 cm high

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, two ceramic dishes each painted with an indigenous Australian female black ground 18 cm diameter

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, rounded rectangular ceramic plate decorated with an Indigenous figure at camp titled Australian Bush scene hand painted (3) 27 cm wide

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, comprising a ceramic vase and wall pocket each painted with an indigenous elder in central Australia the vase with a printed factory mark 18 cm high

Diana Ware, New South Wales, circa 1960, shaped ceramic vase decorated with an Indigenous figure in a landscape white ground

A pair of Diana Pottery Art Deco bookends, in the form of prancing gazelles, impressed factory stamp, 19 cm

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