This is the backstamp:
Anyway, here's another gorgeous spotty pattern. This is Gigi. You also see the same pattern marked 'Gigi British'. Each spot was put on separately, by hand, as a transfer. Then the ware was put through a kiln. Unfortunately the spots are often damaged as they are applied on top of the glaze.
Gigi trio on the NZ Pottery website.
Until the other day I thought the Gigi backstamp was used only on the spotty pattern. Then a friend showed me this dessert plate, a stunning yellow-orange, rimmed with gold. Marked Gigi British. Who knows what other variations are out there, much less the reasoning around it all.
New Zealand Pottery website and I have been searching unsuccessfully for an example. Then at the Auckland Museum I found an A3 sized advertisement template for this very pattern. This is a scan of a photocopy, so not ideal, but what an amazing backstamp. And appropriately illustrated. The advertisement is from November 1959.
I am not sure what colour Polka is but one day I will find out. Certainly the cups are spotty too... imagine finding one of these! It looks a bit like Lido but maybe with different coloured spots??
Incidentally the museum library has an excellent Crown Lynn archive. Anyone can have a look, just check the opening hours first, and go up and ask. From home you can check on what's available by searching for Crown Lynn on the website.
More next week.
Happy hunting till then!