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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Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 5, inside scroll printed mark, 23 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 81, inside scroll printed mark, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn vase, printed mark, 15 cm height together with Canterbury NZ Centennial 1850-1950 Mug (2)

Crown Lynn hand painted vase, printed mark, 17.5 cm height

Crown Lynn hand painted vase by Daniel Steenstra, no 8, printed mark, 16 cm height

Crown Lynn vase modelled as a swan, no 170 25/11, trickle green glaze, 22 cm height

Crown Lynn early posy vase modelled as a kiwi, no 17/9n trickle blue glaze, 11 cm height

Crown Lynn posy vase modelled as a kiwi, no 163, matt white glaze, impressed mark, 11 cm height

Crown Lynn posy vase modelled as a lamb, no 213, matt white glaze, 11 cm height

Crown Lynn posy vase modelled as a horse, no 211, matt white glaze, 13.5 cm height

Crown Lynn posy vase modelled as a fawn, matt white glaze, printed mark 15 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, all fine horizontal ribbed trumpet vase, white glaze exterior with brown interior, printed crown mark, 25 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 36, printed inside scroll mark, 22.5 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 21, printed tiki mark, 12.5 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 21, printed inside scroll mark, 18 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 21, printed tiki mark, 22.5 cm height (two rim hairline cracks)

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 15, printed inside scroll mark, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 15, printed tiki mark, 17 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 15, printed tiki mark, 23 cm height (rim glaze flaw)

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 59, pastel pink colourway, printed tiki mark, 18.5 cm height (chip to foot rim)

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, pastel blue colourway, horizontal ribbed base and neck, impressed mark, 24.5 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 9, tiki printed mark, 11 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 9, tiki printed mark, 14.5 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 9, tiki printed mark, 19 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 5, tiki printed mark, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 5, tiki printed mark, 17.5 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 14, inside scroll printed mark, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 14, tiki printed mark, 18 cm height

Crown Lynn hand potted vase, no 14, inside scroll printed mark, 22.5 cm height

Mirek Smisek for Crown Lynn, Bohemia Ware Vase, sgraffito decorated ceramic vase, Inscribed Bohemia Hand Made to underside, 12.5 x 9 x 9 cm

Mirek Smisek for Crown Lynn, Bohemia Ware Vase, sgraffito decorated ceramic vase, inscribed Bohemia Hand Made to underside, 12.5 x 9 x 9 cm

A Crown Lynn vase attributed to Daniel Steenstra, ovoid shape with cylindrical neck, decorated with applied white enamel triangles on a sea-green ground. Printed and incised marks including No.1. Height 14.5 cm

A Crown Lynn hand potted Rhodes vase, similar to above, matt brown glaze. Height 22 cm

A Crown Lynn hand potted Rhodes vase, similar to above. Height 25 cm

A Crown Lynn Arthur and Olive Rhodes hand potted vase, the terracotta angular baluster body with clear glaze to the textured neck ring, similar to above.

Crown Lynn tall vase, with purple glaze, number 70 incised to the base, height 24 cm

Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn, Hand-potted white glazed ovoid vase, with concentric bands, shape No. 24, height 24 cm

A Crown Lynn Hand Potted large white vase, shape #9, squat circular with short cylindrical foot and neck. Diameter 22 cm

Two slip-cast Crown Lynn Art Deco ovoid pottery vases, with concentric banding

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