Marian Ellis Rowan (1848—1922) was an artist, naturalist and explorer. The collection at Saumarez Homestead includes china decorated with her designs.
The Ellis Rowan China Collection is on display in the servery at Saumarez Homestead. Visitors to Saumarez Homestead can only see the Ellis Rowan China while on a guided tour of the house.
Ellis Rowan was a small, strong-willed yet fascinating woman, an enigmatic character who forged her way through life, captivating others while pursuing her ultimate goal – the finding and painting of wildflowers, birds, insects and butterflies of many countries, often for the first time. (Australian Dictionary of Biography)
The Ellis Rowan Tea Set was originally given by Mr F J White and Mrs Margaret Fletcher White to Miss Frieda White as a wedding present when she married John Cullen. The Tea Set has been returned to Saumarez Homestead by Frieda’s daughter Mrs Anne Philp.
The beautiful demitasse cups and saucers have always been part of the Saumarez Homestead Collection . The Kookaburra cup and saucer has designs by Ellis Rowan but the Toadstool cup and saucer has designs by Phyllis Flockton Clarke.