This Carlton Ware cheese dish dates to somewhere between 1935 and 1951, and it’s makers mark has a bit of an interesting tale to it. The back of the dish is stamped with ‘Registered Australian Design’. Supposedly by the mid 1930s the Japanese had become highly proficient at copying good ceramics and undercutting the original design house. But Carlton Ware discovered a clause in the ‘South East Asia Treaty Organisation’ that meant that designs registered in Australia could not be copied by the Japanese. To protect themselves against cheap imitations Carlton Ware started registering their designs in Australia – sneaky peeps! Its age explains why it’s a bit worse for wear – there’s no real damage, but the glaze on the base plate is quite worn, and there’s some minor wear to the pattern. Also, as beautiful as this dish is (I love the shape!) the handle isn’t that practical – it’s not that easy to grip. But I suppose it’s not the type of dish that you’re going to use every day, so it’s not really the end of the world.
Dimensions: 23cm long x 15cm wide x 9cm tall