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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Decorative arts
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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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Boar's head covered tureen, 1878

This is a large tureen and cover manufactured by Mintons in England in 1878. The tureen and cover is sculpted in the shape of a boar's head with upward-pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and ears swept back. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves ...

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Carved emu egg, c1900

This is an emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on a silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, New South Wales. The carved bush scene depicts two bushmen seated beside a campfire, watching a billy boil. The carved egg measures 12.0 cm high x 16.2 cm wide x 11.4 cm deep.

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Laminated glass sculpture, 'The Beginning of the End', c1995

This is a glass collage exploring the theme of birth and the intensity of life through a chaotic and colourful juxtaposition of glass assembled then fired. the panel is: 86.5 cm x 24.0 cm.

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Perfume-bottle holder, c1875

This is a 'lady's companion' - a perfume-bottle holder - made by German master silversmith Henry Steiner (1835-1914), who came to Adelaide in 1858. The work measures 33.5 cm x 24.0 cm x 11.8 cm. Its most remarkable feature is the centrepiece of the design, which is an actual emu egg that encloses two perfume bottles. The ...

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'Emu beaker', 1917

This is a beaker made in 1917 from earthenware clay by Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), which measures 10.0 cm (height) x 8.7 cm (diameter). A very simple, tapered cylindrical form, it is primarily red-brown in colour. The shine that can be seen on the lip of the beaker indicates that the surface has been sealed (and therefore ...

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Mounted Great Exhibition medallion, c1860

This is a piece of commemorative silverware made in Adelaide around 1860 by Julius Schomburgk (1819-93) as an elaborate display stand to hold a presentation medal that was made in London in 1851. The central feature is a bronze medallion with a low-relief portrait of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, which ...

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Tea urn, 1863

This is an ornate pear-shaped electroplated silver three-legged tea urn engraved with 'The ladies of Upper and Middle Adelong present this token of esteem To Mrs Campbell as an appreciation of her heroic conduct displayed during the attack at GOIMBLA by bushrangers on 19th Nov. 1863'. It has a domed lid and a small tap ...

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Black swan casket, 1914

This is a hexagonal (six-sided) container made in copper and decorated in enamel and gilt by the Australian modernist artist and designer Ethel Barringer (1884-1925). The strong geometric design has been offset by the liveliness of the insets on each side panel and on the lid, and the elegant arches at the base of the object. ...

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Bracelet, c1860

This is a very elaborate solid gold bracelet attributed to a leading colonial silversmith, Julius Schomburgk (1819-93), and made in Adelaide in about 1860. The central oval is in the form of a cameo, which consists of two finely crafted sculptures of kangaroos surrounded by rocks and overhanging trees and framed by a border ...

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Olympic Sports Mascot pins, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a limited-edition collection of 47 Olympic Sports Mascot pins from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. They are mounted in a wooden frame measuring 57.0 cm x 40.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The words 'SYDNEY 2000' can be seen at the bottom of the frame. The pins, displayed against an orange and green mount depicting an athletics track, ...

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'William Thurston testimonial epergne', c1877

This is an epergne (pronounced 'e-purn') made around 1877 by Henry Steiner (1835-1914), which measures 46.0 cm (height) x 23.5 cm (width) x 25.0 cm (depth). Its central motif is a tree fern, made from intricately worked silver, which has delicate fronds that arch out from the trunk. These silver fronds support an engraved ...

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'FX Holden', 1977

This is an earthenware clay sculpture designed to resemble an early model Holden car. Made in 1977 by Margaret Dodd (1941-), the work measures 17.5 cm x 42.0 cm x 19.0 cm. The car has a compact, all-over rounded shape with a high, slightly curved roof, a rounded bonnet and pronounced mudguards. The body of the car is black ...

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'The sisters', 1954

This is a large ceramic sculpture made from earthenware clay, measuring 95.5 cm x 50.0 cm x 34.0 cm. Made in 1954 by Arthur Boyd (1920-99), the work consists of two standing figures that are hugging each other with long spindly arms. Both figures, which are joined at the midsection, have strangely distorted heads, exposed ...

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Shark vase, 1987

This is an earthenware clay sculptural vase, made in 1987 by Lorraine Jenyns (1945-). Measuring 36 cm x 23 cm x 20 cm, the vase is in the shape of a shark's head that is set on a flat base with the head pointing upwards. The shark's mouth is gaping wide open to reveal two rows of shiny white pointed teeth. One small button-like ...

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'Antipodean palaceware (vase)', 1989 and 1998

This is a decorative earthenware vase, made in 1989 by Mark Heidenreich and decorated in 1998 by Stephen Bowers (1952-). This large vase, which measures 86.0 cm x 52.5 cm (diameter), is a classically elegant form with a cylindrical, rimmed, footed base that rises in a swelling curve and pinches into a tight throat and generous ...

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Cricket trophy by William Kerr, 1879

This is a large cricket trophy made in 1879 by William Kerr in Sydney, New South Wales. The trophy measures 72.0 cm (height) x 40 cm (width) x 31.5 cm (depth). Its basic structural design consists of a round wooden base supporting a central fern-like column that is crowned by drooping fronds made in silver. A shallow glass ...

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Art nouveau 'Matador' oil lamp, c1900

This is a table lamp of brass, cast bronze and glass, made in about 1900. The lamp was made in France by an unknown maker and its oil burner was made in Berlin by a German company, Ehrich and Graetz, between 1895 and 1905. Measuring 40.5 cm (height) x 27.0 cm (diameter), the lamp has three main components: a fuel container ...

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Westminster teacups and saucers, c1950

This is a set of six teacups and saucers made by Westminster, England, in about 1950. Made from porcelain, each teacup has a different coloured interior of pink, blue, green, grey, yellow or orange, and a white exterior. The teacups rise from a low, circular base into a shallow, rounded body with a c-shaped handle. The ...

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Waechtersbach tea and coffee set, c1905

This is a white earthenware tea and coffee set made by the Waechtersbach Earthenware Factory, Schlierbach, Hesse, Germany, in about 1905. The electroplated silver components were made by the WMF. The oval-shaped silver tray sits on balled feet and has a low railing running around the entire outer edge, which is composed ...