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...