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Plate, Biltons, England, 1960 - 1970
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Object statement
Dinner plate, stoneware, made by Biltons Ltd, England, c.1965
This Biltons dinner plate is from a collection of plates designed between the 1950s and 1980s and collected by John Hinds (b1950), an artist based in Melbourne. Initially intended to form part of his multi-media artworks, these plates reflect Hinds' personal taste and interest in 'retro' tableware patterns of 'everyday' production lines popular in mid-century Australia. While the 1950s and 1960s were dominated by British imports from firms such as Broadhurst, Biltons, Wedgwood and Midwinter, it is the dishwasher-friendly Japanese stonewares, often in more dramatic darker colours from firms such as Mikasa, Casual Ceram and Suzukastone that rose to prominence during the 1970s and 1980s. These were supplemented by a limited range of usually more affordable local offerings from Johnson of Australia and from New Zealand's Crown Lynn, Kelston Ceramics and Genuine Ironstone. Hinds would often buy his plates from Melbourne's Camberwell Market but also from second hand shops and garage sales.

This is one of ten plates in the group made by Biltons of Stoke, Staffordshire, England. The firm was founded in 1901. From the 1950s it was a producer of mass-market tableware, and in the 1960s employed new decorating techniques, such as rubber-stamp machine printing and multi-colour machine printing.

Reference
Atterbury, P., Denker, EP., Batkin, M., 'Twentieth Century Ceramics', Miller's, Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 1999, p 25

Eva Czernis-Ryl, with Roger Elliott and Marion Barker, 2012.
Made by Biltons, England, 1960s
Part of John Hinds Collection. Inscribed HINDS

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Description
A round dinner plate, rimless or coup style, made of light stoneware with a speckled glaze, printed with a chocolate-coloured stylized botanic design covering the base of the well. Within the design, a pattern, comprising flowers, leaves, circles and swirls is repeated six times resembling a 'doily' pattern.
Made: 1960 - 1970
Marks
Grey inscription towards the top and centre of the underside of the plate reads: HINDS

Black stamped mark above the centre of the underside of the plate.
Within a circle: B / BILTONS / tableware / UNDERGLAZE / DETERGENT / PROOF
Around the edge of the circle: at the top: IRONSTONE / TABLEWARE; at the bottom: STAFFORDSHIRE / ENGLAND
2013/16/39
Production date
1960 - 1970
Height
23 mm
Diameter
252 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of John Hinds, 2012
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