This is a selection of Monterey, the coffee pots (or teapots) are so tall and wobbly it's a wonder that any have survived.
One of the more interesting objects on display was this very rare item - I have never seen another. A compote dish I guess you would call it, this pattern is a variation on Santa Barbara. The ball base is much bigger than the handles on the cups.
The Dorothy Thorpe ball handled range was developed for Crown Lynn in the 1960s - first released in the US in 1965, and in NZ the following year. Interestingly, they didn't sell especially well. They were a bit avant garde for the time, and also not especially practical. They were given Californian names - this is Santa Barbara. The basic pattern was applied as a transfer then hand-coloured.
This Santa Barbara serving bowl is a different shape from the smoother lines of the Monterrey bowl below it.
In the 1960s when this range was introduced to NZ, Crown Lynn made much of the salad bowl - publicity at the time explained that the Americans served a salad with almost every meal; a novel concept in this country. Another Dorothy Thorpe pattern was Brocade - in a rather bold purple. This cup has a loop or 'eyebrow' handle - which replaced the ball handles because they were easier to use - and easier to make.
Dorothy Thorpe also designed Laguna, a serene mix of pale grey-green and mauve - this is from my collection.
The two patterns Pine and Palm Springs originated with the Crown Lynn design team. They are branded as Dorothy Thorpe but in addition both are marked as being designed by Mark Cleverley. This however was an error - Pine was by David Jenkin. This is a Palm Springs coffee pot.
And this is Pine in the conventional cup shape. Both Pine and Palm Springs sold well in New Zealand as standard family dinner sets.
Lastly, I have to put in a plug for Billy - he has a few gaps in his collection that he would love to fill. If anyone has any of the following that they would like to sell or swap, please leave a comment on this blog. He would be forever grateful.
BROCADEMilk jug, ball handle
Salad bowl, 10"
Desert bowl, 6 1/4”
MONTERREYMilk jug, loop handle
PINECup, ball handle
Milk jug, loop handle
PALM SPRINGSCup, ball handle
All the best till next time
Just recently I have been sent a picture of a sugar bowl with a lid... a very rare thing to find. Unfortunately it looks as though the bowl is Santa Barbara and the lid is Monterey, but it's still great to see how they fit together. Thanks so much to the reader who sent me this!