Object: ’Autumn Splendour’ dinner set
This image has Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons BY-NC-ND
You may download and use Te Papa’s images of this work as long as you meet the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives copyright licence. Fair dealing, as understood under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994, also applies.
You must include the attribution credit provided when you download the image.
|Title||’Autumn Splendour’ dinner set|
Crown Lynn Potteries Ltd (ceramicist), 1963, Auckland
|Materials||ceramic, porcelain, glaze|
|Classification||dinner services, ceramics|
|Credit line||Gift of Denis Phelps, 1999|
Regardless of the season, many New Zealanders still use ‘Autumn Splendour’ dinnerware made by Crown Lynn, one of New Zealand’s most famous companies.
In the late 1950s, Crown Lynn introduced a groundbreaking replacement policy for five patterns which were considered to have broad appeal, one of which was ‘Autumn Splendour’ (the others were ‘Golden Fall’, ‘Shasta Daisy’, ‘Green Bamboo’ and ‘Fashion Rose’). The patterns originally came from a New York manufacturer who could guarantee availability for at least five years. Customers could buy a whole set or piece by piece, either as replacements for broken pieces or when finances allowed. Most buyers bought a few pieces at a time, slowly building up their sets. Some people are still acquiring pieces from second-hand shops today!
By 1963, Crown Lynn supplied half of New Zealand’s needs for household china, and Autumn Splendour was its most popular design of the 1960s, selling until the late 1970s. Ironically the plant pattern is not indigenous or even botanically accurate. But its popularity may be due to several factors – from the pleasing shapes of the crockery to the simplicity of the pattern and its nature as a lithograph. Lithographs can be full-colour and detailed, showing subtle graduations of shade and tone.
Crown Lynn produced millions of items to meet the needs of increasingly prosperous homes in the fast-growing new suburbs of the 1950s and 60s. Crown Lynn products featured prominently in wedding gifts for young couples to set up their new households, and many took advantage of the replacement policy for the five popular patterns. Cups, saucers and plates were the biggest sellers, but other pieces were available for those with larger funds (such as vegetable dishes and salt shakers).
Results from DigitalNZ
Searching 27 million digital objects from over 150 content partners across New Zealand
- Page 18 Advertisements Column 2 (Evening Post, 09 April 1936) - National Library of New Zealand
- LIFE IN THE CITY. (Wairarapa Daily Times, 18 May 1909) - National Library of New Zealand
- Page 3 Advertisements Column 3 (Bay Of Plenty Times, 24 June 1896) - National Library of New Zealand
- HOW REALLY SMART WOMEN DRESS. (Star, 30 June 1894) - National Library of New Zealand
Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, contact us using our enquiry form. You can also find out more about Collections Online.