Ellis Rowan China Collection at Saumarez Homestead

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.

Virtual Exhibit: Ellis Rowan China Collection 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 decorated with Ellis Rowan designs have always been part of the Saumarez Homestead Collection .DSCN1419Ellis_Rowan02Ellis_Rowan04aDSCN1453

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Ellis Rowan Tea set

Description: Tea set, Royal Worcester fine bone porcelain china, consisting of teapot, four sugar bowls, two milk jugs, four square cake plates, five tea cups, five saucers and five bread and butter plates. The design is based on Australian flora and fauna watercolours painted by Ellis Rowan.
Provenance: Acquired by the Whites of Saumarez, inherited by Mrs Anne Philp, granddaughter of F.J. White, donated by Mrs Philp to the National Trust for Saumarez Homestead in 2005.

Teapot "Christmas Bells"

Description: Teapot is part of a Tea set, Royal Worcester fine bone porcelain china, consisting of teapot, four sugar bowls, two milk jugs, four square cake plates, five tea cups, five saucers and five bread and butter plates. The design is based on Australian flora and fauna watercolours. Design: 'Christmas Bells' marked on bottom; "The Mrs Ellis Rowan series'; 'Prouds Ltd'. Lid is marked the same.
Provenance: Acquired by the Whites of Saumarez, inherited by Mrs Anne Philp, granddaughter of F.J. White, donated by Mrs Philp to the National Trust for Saumarez Homestead in 2005.

Milk Jug "Leptospermum"

Description: Milk jug (one of two), part of a Tea set, Royal Worcester fine bone porcelain china, consisting of teapot, four sugar bowls, two milk jugs, four square cake plates, five tea cups, five saucers and five bread and butter plates. The design is based on Australian flora and fauna watercolours. Design: 'Leptospermum'.
Marked: 'The Mrs Ellis Rowan series Australian flowers'; 'Prouds Ltd' on underside.
Provenance: Acquired by the Whites of Saumarez, inherited by Mrs Anne Philp, granddaughter of F.J. White, donated by Mrs Philp to the National Trust for Saumarez Homestead in 2005.

Cake Plate "Pymelia"

Description: Cake plate (one of 4) part of a Tea set, Royal Worcester fine bone porcelain china, consisting of teapot, four sugar bowls, two milk jugs, four square cake plates, five tea cups, five saucers and five bread and butter plates. The design is based on Australian flora and fauna watercolours. Design: 'Pymelia'. Marked: 'The Mrs Ellis Rowan series Australian flowers'; 'Prouds Ltd' on underside.
Provenance: Acquired by the Whites of Saumarez, inherited by Mrs Anne Philp, granddaughter of F.J. White, donated by Mrs Philp to the National Trust for Saumarez Homestead in 2005.

Cake Plate "Pultenea"

Description: Cake plate (one of 4) part of a Tea set, Royal Worcester fine bone porcelain china, consisting of teapot, four sugar bowls, two milk jugs, four square cake plates, five tea cups, five saucers and five bread and butter plates. The design is based on Australian flora and fauna watercolours. Design: 'Pultenea'. Marked: 'The Mrs Ellis Rowan series Australian flowers'; 'Prouds Ltd' on underside.
Provenance: Acquired by the Whites of Saumarez, inherited by Mrs Anne Philp, granddaughter of F.J. White, donated by Mrs Philp to the National Trust for Saumarez Homestead in 2005.

Demitasse Cup and Saucer "Kookaburra"

Description: Demitasse decorated with an image of a kookaburra on a branch. One of a pair of demitasses (four items in total), ceramic. Gilt lining and gilt handle, one is decorated with an image of a Kookaburra on a branch, the other with red coloured toadstool motif. Each saucer matches the corresponding cup.
Marked: 'Flavelle Brothers Ltd'.

Demitasse Cup and Saucer 'Toadstool'

Description: Demitasse decorated with an image of red coloured toadstools. One of a pair of demitasses (four items in total), ceramic. Gilt lining and gilt handle, one is decorated with an image of a Kookaburra on a branch, the other with red coloured toadstool motif. Each saucer matches the corresponding cup.
Marked: 'Flavelle Brothers Ltd'.

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