I have a love for green ceramics, two shelves in my lounge can attest to that love. This ginger jar that I bought many, many years ago at the Titirangi markets was the start of the collection. It had no lid but I loved it and bought it anyway.
|Image from Valerie Ringer Monk's new book - Crown Lynn Collector's handbook, on loan from my local library.|
Then I found another at a local op shop a few years later, this time with a lid. I was excited. A third one followed, this time, no lid. My count was three jars, one lid,my husband wondered how many I actually needed? "Odd numbers: I told him.
It was then that I discovered by a random internet search that what I thought were some new-ish made in China ginger jars - were actually Crown Lynn in disguise! Not made in China at all.
These jars were made in a range of colours, a plum, a royal blue and yellow too! (I'd really love a yellow one!). Knowing that they were in fact Crown Lynn didn't make me love them anymore, but I did find the idea interesting that there was a time when "Made in New Zealand" wasn't enough, and "China" seemed a more inviting prospect? I think the tide is perhaps turning? I hope that we would always be proud of something "Made in New Zealand".
Imagine my surprise at a local church fair that I arrived very late to (pretty sure all the best pieces had been snapped up already), there on the table was a lid that I was missing! For the grand sum of $0.10c I was able to complete another jar!
I'm not sure if I'll be that lucky again, but in the meantime I'll keep using the one without a lid as a vase.