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Crown Lynn: A New Zealand Icon

By Valerie Monk

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Format: Paperback, 196 pages
Other Information: colour photos
Published In: New Zealand, 30 October 2006
Crown Lynn china now has iconic status. From its early days of churning out railway china, Crown Lynn became a hugely successful business and the largest pottery in the Southern Hemisphere. The New Lynn factory closed in 1989, but their domestic ware is now one of New Zealand s hottest collectibles with over 600 items advertised on Trade Me at any one time. The Crown Lynn story is an irresistible mix of innovation, stunning products and vivid characters. Illustrated throughout with photographs of china, from the most divine to the truly eccentric, Crown Lynn is a book with very wide appeal, from aunties and grannies to stylish young collectors. A catalogue of backstamps will make the book indispensable for collectors and antiques dealers.
EAN: 9780143020639
ISBN: 0143020633
Publisher: Penguin Books (NZ)
Dimensions: 23.4 x 22.9 x 1 centimetres (0.44 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Valerie Ringer Monk first developed an interest in Crown Lynn over a decade ago, when she began picking up odd plates and brown 1970s mugs in second-hand shops. The retro patterns and colours appealed, as did the 50-cent price tags. As her Crown Lynn collection grew, so did her desire to write the story of the people who made it and the factory it came from. A journalist and public relations professional, Valerie lives in Auckland.

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Samantha Gee on
A must have for any Crown Lynn collector. The book breaks down the history of this iconic New Zealand brand into decades with descriptions about the stylistic traits of each generation. I found the collection of photos showing the different back stamps very useful for collecting. A well edited, comprehensive guide to one of the most loved and nostalgic brands of New Zealand's history.
This book is fantastic. If you are looking for a good book then this is it. It is definitely worth buying. It keeps you interested and captivated. It’s a great book for anyone. Whether it be for yourself or others, it’s a must have. I would recommend it to anyone. I hope you will like this book just as much as me. If you are looking for a good book then this is it.

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