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Collectors in the Community - Crown Lynn Vases

Collectors in the Community - Crown Lynn Vases

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  • Sat 19 May ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 20 May ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 21 May ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 22 May ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 23 May ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Rotorua Museum

The Collectors in the Community displays at Rotorua Museum give local collectors a chance to show their favourite objects over a six-week period.

It also gives collectors the opportunity to tell the story about why these things are precious to them. The back-story is often as interesting as the collection itself.

Rotorua Museum staff member Ann Somerville has been collecting white Crown Lynn vases for 25 years. She traces her interest in flower arranging (and vases) back to her King Country upbringing, and recounts the joy of discovering Crown Lynn vases.

Crown Lynn vases hit the market in the 1950s. The Auckland firm (famous for its heavy New Zealand Railway cups and plates) began to diversify as post-World War II gloom gradually lifted.

The company set up a design studio and recruited artisans and designers from England, one of whom was the now distinguished designer Ernest Shufflebotham, who had worked for Wedgewood in England. He arrived in New Zealand in 1948, and at about the same time, Crown Lynn made a discovery. This was that Matauri clay produced a glaze that burned white - hence the famous white vases.

Ann has just one vase by the distinguished Shufflebotham, whose work is prized for its elegant and simple Modernist shapes.

The Collectors in the Community - Crown Lynn Vases display continues until 23 May 2012.

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