Learn about Wembley Ware

Wembley Ware was the name given to a range of ceramic figurines and functional items produced between 1946 and 1961 in Perth, Western Australia by H. L. Brisbane and Wunderlich Ltd., whose primary business was the production of baked clay tiles and earthenware items.

The range, titled the "Fancy Ware Range", included Australian flora and fauna - koala, kangaroo, emu, fish etc., Aboriginal figures as well as functional items including vases, ashtrays, plates and bowls.

After the austerity as a result of World War II, there was a ready market for these new, decorative but non-essential items, whihc were sold by both mail order and in department stores..

The now unfashionable ashtray, often mounted with an animal, was a signature piece of Wembley Ware. Made in a variety of sizes and shapes, their range from the plain, circular ashtray to fancy types that were mounted with well, modelled figures or animals. Most of these are identified with a factory mark either printed or impressed in the base

Being an Australian company, many of the Wembley ornaments featured Australian fauna. more...

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i) A Wembley Ware Dhufish vase. Mid 20th century, impressed mark to base. Height 27.5 cm. Ii) A Wembley Ware cockatoo wall pocket vase. Mid 20th century, impressed mark to base. Height 14 cm. Iii) A Wembley Ware Arunta ashtray (AF). Mid 20th century, impre

i) A Wembley Ware Dart, fish figure. Mid 20th century, impressed mark to base. Height 18 cm. Ii) A pair Wembley Ware Bonito, fish figures. Mid 20th century, impressed mark to base, slight AF: one fish fin tip and other fish tail part lacking. Height 15 cm

A Wembley Ware kangaroo figure. Mid 20th century, impressed mark to base. Height 11.5 cm

A Wembley Ware Squirrel platter. Mid 20th century, stamped printed mark to base. Diameter 27.8 cm

An unusual colour, West Australian Wembley Ware kookaburra figure, c.1950's, manufactured Perth, modelled by John Tribe, painted and glazed ceramic stamped with printed Wembley Ware mark to base. Height 29 cm

Wembley Ware wall pocket in the form of a yellow crested cockatoo resting on gumtree branch, incised to underside 'Wembley Ware', length 13.5 cm

Australian pottery Wembley Ware ash tray with gilt figure of a bull, 8 cm high approx

Wembley Ware: Pair of 'Surfer' dishes in red costumes. Height 7 cm, width 12 cm

Australian ceramics including, Raynham vase, Wembley ashtrays and others (6)

Rare Wembley Ware Workman's piece aquarium Diver glazed and decorated ceramic. Height 8.2 cm. Provenance: This rare Wembley Ware factory workers piece known as 'Dan the Diver' was drawn up by the current owner, as a prototype for possible production, and p

Wembley Ware kookaburra, c.1950, modelled by John Tribe hand painted and glazed ceramic, impressed 'Tribe' with factory marks. Height 29 cm

Wembley rabbit serving plate. Leaf shaped, tomato decoration. Original label attached. Diameter 27 cm

A Wembley Ware Magpie, c1950's, modelled by John Tribe, impressed Tribe and Wembley factory stamp. Height 18.5 cm. Length 32 cm

A rare Wembley Ware prototype leaping rabbit, leaf platter c.1950's, this rare leaping rabbit platter was never put into, production due to its fragility in design. It is believed, that only around 5 or 6 of these platters were made, and were later sold of

A Wembley Ware, 'Large Dhufish' vase Company mark on base

A Wembley Ware, 'Mud crab', platter Company mark on base

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1950, ceramic figure group modelled as two emus lustre glaze moulded mark Wembley. Height 13.5 cm

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1956, ceramic slip cast jug in the form of an Indigenous head with a lizard handle incised Wembley Ware. Height 10 cm

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, pair of ceramic slip cast book ends each in the form of an inverted young female lustre glaze paper maker's label. Height 28.5 cm

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, ceramic slip cast native stockman ashtray impressed Wembley Ware. Width 12 cm

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, rare slip cast ceramic ashtray surmounted by an elephant clasping a cigarette Wembley Ware paper label 13 cm diameter

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, ceramic slip cast Indigenous elder ashtray impressed Wembley Ware. Width 15 cm

Wembley Ware nude bookends, c.1950's with an iridised pearl green glaze. Height 28 cm

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, ceramic slip cast koala and tree stump ashtray impressed Wembley Ware 14 cm diameter

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, ceramic slip cast figure of a koala moulded Wembley Ware. Height 27 cm.

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1950, ceramic figure group modelled as two emus lustre glaze moulded mark Wembley. Height 13.5 cm .

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, ceramic Australian Native Stockman transfer printed ashtray with applied pipe printed factory mark 15.5 cm diameter.

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, four ceramic Australian Native Stockman transfer printed ashtrays printed factory marks 15.5 cm diameter.

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1956, ceramic slip cast jug in the form of an Indigenous head with a lizard handle incised Australian Native Wembley Ware Reg. Design no Olympics 1956. Height 10 cm.

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, rare slip cast ceramic ashtray surmounted by two standing penguins impressed Wembley Ware 13 cm diameter.

Wembley Ware, Western Australia circa 1955, rare slip cast ceramic ashtray moulded as a surfer riding the crest of a wave impressed Wembley Ware. Width 10 cm.

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