Sunday, August 8, 2010

Trent Art Ware pink and cream vase, circa 1950s

Trent Art Ware was a brand name of Bakewell Bros pottery at  McDonaldtown, NSW.  According to Aussiepottery the Trent Art Ware name was introduced in the early 1950s, though the shapes had been produced from the 1930s under the name "Newtone".  The Bakewell pottery closed in 1955.

The handles of this vase have a simple twist.

I've had this vase for many years, probably picked up in an op shop in the early 1980s.

The bottom stamp, showing that the vase was "Made in Australia". 

There are some interesting Australian pottery websites, including Australian Decorative Pottery,  and Australian Pottery.

This post was edited on 8 Sep 2010 after some helpful comments by Tim.


  1. Hi,

    Nice little vase you have there. Hard to tell the colour but it looks like it might be white over pink(??) which would make it a harder to find colour combination for this vase which is Number 245 from the Bakewells "Newtone" range.

    Not sure if my website has created confusion but Bakewells made both Newtone and Trent Art Ware and were based out of McDonaldtown in Sydney and not Bexley. After the closure of Bakewells in the mid 1950's the Trent name was purchased by some former employees who made much more modern pottery from their backyard in Bexley.

    This shape vase and indeed almost ALL of the Trent Artware produced by Bakewells were first produced under the "Newtone" label from the 1930's onwards.

    Hope that helps.


  2. Hi Tim,

    Dead right, there is a pressed number 245 on the base. I'm sure the confusion is all mine- I'll make due corrections (and hope I get that right too). I'll let you call the colour combination white and pink- to me it is creamier than white, but 'white' is probably the industry description. The lower colour is a very pink pink.

    It is a very perfectly-shaped vase, lovely to handle, and I love it to death.

    Thanks for your comment.