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, most likely by Frank Carpay, two small dishes, one marked with the compliments of Fletchers by Crown Lynn to base, the other with green spiral motif and tiki mark to base, both 10 cm sq.

Frank Carpay for Crown Lynn, footed table bowl, pale mint green with stylised red & green motifs, tiki & Handwerk marks to base, 22.5 cm dia

Crown Lynn, presentation plaque c1965, gilt enriched on dark brown base, 14 cm length

Crown Lynn, Wharetana dish/canoe bailer, with original paper label to base, 20 cm length

Crown Lynn, pair Wharetana Ware bookends, brown glaze impressed no, 1020 (factory flaws and repaired damage to one)

Crown Lynn, model of monkey eating banana c1948-55, no. 193, bears stick-on-label, 14 cm high

Crown Lynn, Cook Bicentenary Plate 1769-1969, City of Gisborne (ed of 2000) together with Dorothy Thorpe Santa Barbara saucer (2)

Crown Lynn, two plain/blank Coronation mugs, 1953 (from edition of 1000), no 693 & 798, 13 cm high

Crown Lynn, small swan, matt off-white glaze, tiki mark to base, 11 cm high

A vintage Crown Lynn McAlpine fridge jug, white glazed with 'McAlpine' in blue in relief. Maker's mark printed to base. Height 22 cm

A vintage Crown Lynn green McAlpine fridge jug, ribbed tall rectangular section form with 'McAlpine' in relief to each side. Height 22.5 cm

A New Zealand pottery hunting dog scene by crown Lynn, 8 x 20 x 8 cm

Crown Lynn Dorothy Thorpe Monterrey, pat no 473 sugar & cream, dinner plate, side plate, tea cup & gravy boat, printed marks (6)

Crown Lynn Dorothy Thorpe Brocade, pat no 485 dinner plate & trios, printed marks (4)

Crown Lynn Dorothy Thorpe Santa Barbara, pat no 472 sugar & cream, two dinner plates, two trios (one with ball, other loop handle), printed marks (10)

Crown Lynn Dorothy Thorpe Santa Barbara sugar & cream, three cups, saucer & side plate, printed marks (7)

Crown Lynn Dorothy Thorpe Laguna sugar & cream, printed marks together with Palm Springs pat no 486 cream jug (3)

Crown Lynn early model of a rabbit on plinth base, trickle plum gloss glaze, 12 cm length (slight hairline crack to base)

Crown Lynn early stylistic model of a bulldog, trickle tan gloss glaze, 1o cm length

Crown Lynn early model of an elephant, trickle pink/brown gloss glaze, 13.5 cm length

Crown Lynn early model of a pig, trickle brown gloss glaze, printed mark, 8 cm height

Crown Lynn model of two hounds, no 179, grey & brown gloss glaze, printed mark, 20 cm length

Crown Lynn model of a puppy, matt white glaze,13.5 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a fox, black gloss glaze, 15 cm length

Crown Lynn model of a jaguar, black gloss glaze, 18 cm length

Crown Lynn two models of bulldog & fawn, brown gloss glazes, printed mark on bulldog, 11 cm, 12 cm heights

Crown Lynn two camel models, no 203, black & brown gloss glazes, one with paper label, 14 cm length

Crown Lynn two fawn models, no 202, black & brown gloss glazes, 10.5 cm length

Crown Lynn model of a bambi fawn, matt white glaze, printed crown mark, 25.5 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a pony, no 190, matt white glaze, 19.5 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a pony, no 190, black gloss glaze, 19.5 cm height

Crown Lynn early model of a Terrier, mottled black gloss glaze, 14.5 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a West Highland Terrier, no 178, matt white glaze, printed tiki mark, 18 cm height

Crown Lynn pair polar bear bookends, no 152, black gloss glaze,10.5 cm height

Crown Lynn pair polar bear bookends, gloss white, tinted blue glaze, printed tiki mark, 10.5 cm height

Crown Lynn pair polar bear bookends, matt white glaze, printed tiki mark, 10.5 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a seated mule, light blue gloss glaze, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a seated mule, mottled green gloss glaze, 13 cm height

Crown Lynn model of a standing Terrier, mottled black gloss glaze, 13 cm length

Pair of Crown Lynn Wharetana slip cast bookends, as stylised recumbent tiki figures supported by Amo posts with spiral and tiki face designs. Green glaze with variable brown over glaze to post and plinth. Remains of rare original label affixed to the base

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