Rod Eales - Portrait of an icon, The Crown Lynn Swan
29-Apr-2018, 4:00 PM Eastern Southland Gallery FREE entry Visit Our Website
This exhibition celebrates a New Zealand social and historical icon, the Crown Lynn Swan vase. The paintings by Rod Eales are inspired by the artist’s own collection of swan vases.
Crown Lynn is one of New Zealand’s more notable manufacturers. From being a producer of bricks, pipes and electrical fittings in the 1930’s at New Lynn, Auckland, Crown Lynn grew to become the largest pottery in the southern hemisphere. Most New Zealander’s used Crown Lynn dinner sets every day and excess production was exported. The swan vase was just one design out of hundreds, but one that has survived to tell us a little more about our cultural identity.
The swan was produced in three sizes, with the larger and smaller versions the most popular. Over a period of 60 years the swan had undergone a complete cycle, from its height of popularity where almost every household had at least one, to relative obscurity, then back again.