Golden Treasures Part Three
Golden Pansy and Golden Pansy in Reverse, Zabkowice. Also known as Eureka Cross and Southern Cross.
Our research has proved the origin of Golden Pansy to have been Zabkowice.
Earlier speculation, based on the location of where it was found, and as reported in some books, suggested that they had been made in Australia.
This explains the other names for this pattern: “Southern Cross” and “Eureka Cross” (a historical Australian flag).
Following the discovery of various catalogues, the maker of Golden Pansy is now established as Zabkowice.
Golden Pansy is known in a variety of shapes including 8" and 5" bowls, plates (including 11.25" chop plate), low oval dishes, large 10” rectangular tray and pin tray.
The configuration of the pansy motifs varies on the different shapes. Most examples feature the intaglio golden design on the base, with the rest of the glass clear (although pale pink base glass is also reported).
There are also examples known where the intaglio design and the base are frosted while the rest of the glass is marigold - Golden Pansy in Reverse - as shown on the right
Golden Pansy and Leaves, Zabkowice.
The pattern configuration alters according to the size of the bowl.
The large bowl (immediate right) has a circle of three pansies, the mid-size has an upright bunch of three pansies while the small bowl (far right) has just a single pansy.
The encircling block pattern is the same on all three sizes. This pattern is shown in the Zabkowice’s 1928 catalogue, pattern #1267
Golden Pineapple, Zabkowice. Also known as Golden Pineapple and Blackberries.
Golden Poppies and Variant, Zabkowice.
Large and small bowls and plates are known. Note how the poppy design changes on the three different sizes, as shown in the 1928 catalogue illustration, below.
Below is the large sized bowl with three poppies (#1275/V), courtesy of Lesley Smith, and on the right is the small size (#1275/III)
A similar (but not exactly the same) double poppy motif is also known on Ring-Around pieces: a small 5 inch oval dish has been found with this pattern variation, and is shown below, right, called Golden Poppies Variant.