Learn about Melrose Australian Ware

About 1932 the Hoffman Brick Company in Melbourne expanded its interests and took over a small art-pottery and began to market a range of commercial art-pottery that employed Australian floral and faunal motifs. This ware was called ‘Mel-rose Australian Ware' and although moulded and thus capable of being economically mass-produced it had some of the qualities of more expensive handmade pottery. Usually coloured green, a fresh clean colour that enjoyed a lasting vogue in the 1930s after the drab browns and ochres of the Depression, some examples exist which have white, pink, grey blue or other coloured glazes. Gum leaves are the usual motif employed on Mel-rose Australian Ware. Possums, kangaroos, koalas and fish are some of the animals employed as decorative motifs on bowls jugs, vases and bookends. Mel-rose Australian Ware continued in production until about 1940, when the escalation of war efforts and privation made the production of goods impossible.

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Good blue Australian Melrose pottery vase decorated with gum leaves. 25 cm high approx.

Mel-rose Ware (Active c.1932-46), pair of good night figurative book ends black underglaze mark Mel-rose Australian Ware to each base, the tallest 19 cm high

Mel-rose Ware (Active c.1932-46), pair of gumnut leaf book ends black underglaze stamp Mel-rose Australian Ware to each base, 14.5 cm high

Melrose Ware figural bookends with gumnut and leaf decoration

Melrose Ware: bookends with gumnuts and leaves glazed in green. original label, height 14 cm. VG condition

Melrose Ware: pottery 'Possum' flower trough glazed in green. Height 11 cm, width34 cm.

Two various Australian earthenware items, including milk jug with blue and yellow drip glaze; and Melrose Ware town crier ashtray. Height 10 cm. (jug)

Melrose ware vase with gum leaves in pink and blue tones. Approx 8 cm tall

Small Melrose Ware green and purple glazed pot with gum nut decoration, 8 cm tall (Hairline)

Small Melrose Ware vase with applied gum nut and leaf decoration, 12.5 cm tall (faults)

A Melrose Ware Pottery Toby jug, in olive green glaze, factory marks, 19 cm high 7' high)

Melrose Ware, a Pottery blue glazed gum leaf and nut moulded vase, factory marks, 8 cm high

Melrose Ware, a Pottery inkwell modelled as John bull in a hat, factory marks, 10 cm high

Melrose Ware, a Pottery 'Father Christmas' Toby Jug, factory marks, 18 cm high

Melrose Ware, vase, of baluster form, moulded gum leaves with ochre and yellow glaze, printed to base 'Melrose Australian Ware'. Height 23 cm

Melrose Ware, bowl, with moulded gum leaf and nut in green glaze, unsigned. Height 8.5 cm

Melrose Ware, handled bowl, with moulded gum leaf decoration in green glaze, stamp on base 'Melrose Ware Australia'. Height 9 cm. Diameter 17 cm

Melrose Ware, serving bowl, with moulded gum leaf decoration in green glaze, stamp on base 'Melrose Ware Australia'. Height 9 cm. Diameter 19.5 cm

Melrose Ware, vase of cylindrical form with moulded gum leaf decoration in tonal green glaze, stamp on base 'Melrose Ware Australia'. Height 15.2 cm

Melrose Ware, low bowl, with moulded ripple form and gum nut decoration in green glaze, stamp on base 'Melrose Ware Australia'. Height 4.5 cm. Diameter 24 cm

Mel-rose Ware Victoria, circa 1935, Compressed globular, two handled earthenware vase moulded with gum leaves, green ground stamped Mel-rose Australia. Width 22 cm

Melrose Ware blue glaze double handled squat vase. Width 28 cm

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, globular earthenware vase, moulded with gum leaves green ground stamped Mel-rose Australian Ware 14.5 cm high.

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, tapering cylindrical earthenware vase, moulded with foliate decoration stamped Mel-rose Australian Ware 15.5 cm high.

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, circa 1935, three small earthenware vases moulded with gum leaves two green ground one white the largest. Height 8 cm .

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, circular earthenware float bowl moulded with gum leaves green ground stamped Mel-rose Australian Ware 19.5 cm diameter.

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, four small earthenware vases applied with gum leaves green ground the largest 7.5 cm high.

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, circular two handled earthenware bowl moulded with gum leaves green ground stamped Mel-rose Australian Ware 17 cm diameter.

Mel-rose Ware, Victoria, four small earthenware vases moulded with gum nuts and leaves green ground the largest 10 cm high.

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