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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A Crown Lynn 'Specials Department' trickle glaze rabbit, modelled crouching with pale grey-blue and green glazes, incised fractional number to base. Length 12 cm

A Crown Lynn golf ball handled sauce boat, 'Pine' pattern designed by Dorothy Thorpe. Length 23 cm

Crown Lynn 'Three faces of eve' table lamp, with unusual cream glaze., Gaylite, Auckland, label affixed to the base. Height 35 cm

Crown Lynn 'Three faces of eve' table lamp, in mat white. Height 34 cm

Crown Lynn, Pair Urns, Royal Visit Queen Elizabeth II, 1963, printed mark, 12 cm height

Crown Lynn cigar lidded box, of cylindrical shape with encircling ribs, factory mark height 14.5 cm

A rare and unique Crown Lynn experimental series hanging lampshade, fine incised bands to the domed beehive form, dark olive green glaze with hand thrown banded highlights, possibly Daniel Steenstra, unmarked. Provenance: Ex. the collection of Janet Scoone

A Crown Lynn white swan, large size, impressed numbers and marks to base.

A Crown Lynn 'New Zealand Native Flora & Fauna' teapot stand, relief gilded decoration on dark green ground, the reverse white glazed with maker's inscription including 'The Largest Pottery in the Southern Hemisphere'. This piece being of similar design to

A Crown Lynn McAlpine light blue glazed water jug, rounded rectangular section with vertical ribbed decoration,' McAlpine' in relief to one side, 'Prestcold' to the other, printed mark to base. Height 21 cm

A rare Crown Lynn tall tapered lamp base, cylindrical flared form with eight bands of brushed coloured red, black and dark teal blue glaze, anodised aluminium fitting to the base. Height overall 52.5 cm

A rare Crown Lynn striking yellow glazed 'Three Faces of Eve' table lamp, the three faces supported upon each other in an Art Deco design, square base. Overall yellow glaze. Height 315. .

A Crown Lynn Frank Carpay decorated bowl, a wide band of stylised black, red and green design to the rim (chilli and circle), painted and printed marks to the base. Diameter 23 cm

A large Crown Lynn swan, creamish white glaze with yellow painted beak, printed mark. Length 30 cm

A Crown Lynn Wharatana Ware plaque, two holes in footrim

A rare pair of large white slip cast Crown Lynn male and female swans, each with impressed mark 170, the female with crown factory mark and the male with Tiki mark to the base, l.31 cm

A rare small white slip cast Crown Lynn swan, with factory painted beak, tiki mark to the base

Frank Carpay for Crown Lynn, Ferris Wheel, six hand decorated earthenware dishes on wire framework. Provenance: Douglas Lloyd Jenkins collection, Art and Object March 2011. Exhibited: Auckland City Art Gallery 1950's show (1991); Western Lights: Art and de

New Zealand Railway Crown Lynn, tea cup and saucer, both stamped with Crown and N.Z.R

New Zealand Railway Crown Lynn, tea cup and saucer, both stamped with Crown and N.Z.R

New Zealand Railway Crown Lynn, tea cup and saucer, both stamped with Crown and N.Z.R

New Zealand Railway Crown Lynn, tea cup and saucer, both stamped with Crown and N.Z.R

New Zealand Railway Crown Lynn, tea cup and saucer, both stamped with Crown and N.Z.R

New Zealand Railway Crown Lynn, tea cup and saucer, both stamped with Crown and N.Z.R

A Crown Lynn 'Legend' plate, rounded square form with relief moulded motif decoration of kauri trees, keruru, fantail, tuatara, kiwi, etc., all in gilt on a speckled brown ground, the reverse printed with full detail of each element of the 'Legend'. 29 cm

A rare and early Crown Lynn swan, with factory painting to the beak and head. Length 30 cm

Six Crown Lynn pottery mugs, with crackled white glaze. Height 9 cm

Early Crown Lynn slip cast elephant, with green glaze. Length 11.5 cm max

Small Crown Lynn slip cast swan, pale blue glaze, together with a model of a horse. Length 15 cm

Early crown Lynn slip cast kiwi, with mottled green glaze [firing crack to base]. Height 12.5 cm

Early Crown Lynn polar bear bookend, with mottled blue glaze. Height 10 cm

Early Crown Lynn slip cast elephant, unusual teal green glaze. Length 10.5 cm

Early Crown Lynn slip cast model of an elephant. Length 15 cm

Early Crown Lynn slip cast model of a pig, with blue/green glaze. Height 9 cm

Early Crown Lynn model of a Scottie dog, with blue glaze. Length 13 cm

Early Crown Lynn elephant, with mottled green glaze. Length 14 cm

Six early pieces of crown Lynn, of varying shapes with mottled blue green glazes. Width 19 cm max

Seven early pieces of Crown Lynn, with mottled maroon and green glazes. Height 15 cm max

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