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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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Bendigo Pottery 'Waverley Ware' jug, c1925-35

This is an earthenware 'Waverley Ware' jug with a low, sharply carinated body, wishbone handle and long spout, manufactured at some stage between 1925 and 1935. The jug has been glazed in brown and streaked with a lighter colour. Fixed to one side of the jug is an oval silver paper label.

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Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...

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Doulton porcelain plate, c1892

This is a dessert plate featuring a scalloped rim and hand-painted Australian wildflowers. It is made of porcelain (bone china) and was manufactured by Doulton and Co at Burslem in Staffordshire, England, around 1892. It was painted by Louis Bilton.

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Whale-tooth scrimshaw showing a blindfolded horseman, 1855-65

This is a scrimshawed and partly hollowed whale's tooth, cream in colour, depicting a blindfolded horseman wearing a cape and a Macedonian helmet. It was carved by Alfred Evans in Australia between 1855 and 1856. The horseman is brandishing a sword while mounted on a raised horse. The item is 65 mm wide.

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Harlequin cup and saucer, 1930-34

This is a Harlequin cup and saucer, manufactured in Australia from formaldehyde resin powder by Moulded Products between 1930 and 1934. The cup and saucer are orange with mottled red, blue, yellow and green distributed unevenly across their surfaces.

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Splayd eating utensils, 1962

These are six stainless-steel Splayd eating utensils. They were designed by William McArthur and manufactured by Stokes (Australasia) Ltd, Japan, in 1962.

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Alex Liddy 'Chunky Melamine' outdoor dining ware, 2003

These are pieces of Alex Liddy 'Chunky Melamine' outdoor dining ware, manufactured from melamine by Housewares International Ltd, China. This collection consists of round platters, a round dinner plate, large bowl, mug, compartment platter and a set of chopsticks, in blue and white.

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Alex Liddy 'Atria' serving utensils, 2005

These are four 'Atria' serving utensils, manufactured from stainless steel and plastic by Housewares International, China. The utensils comprise a cake lifter, a large serving spoon and two large salad servers, all made from polished stainless steel. All utensils are marked on the reverse.

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Nally Ware salt shakers, 1934

These are two mottled orange Nally Ware salt shakers with black caps, manufactured from moulded phenol formaldehyde by Nally Ltd, Sydney. The salt shakers have a tapered octagonal form with a flat screw-top cap with multiple pouring holes on one, and a single central pouring nozzle on the other.

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Kalocsa embroidered mat, c1940-50

This is a Kalocsa embroidered and needle-woven lace mat, manufactured in Hungary. It features pen-cut work around a wreath of brightly coloured flowers embroidered in Hungarian satin stitch. The centre of the mat has three embroidered flowers and leaves that are surrounded by a ring of circles with solid centres. The edge ...

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Scrapbooks, c1880-1890

These two scrapbooks are thought to have been made between 1880 and 1890. They have elaborately embossed bindings, and inside are commercially produced, embossed and die-cut colour pictures that have been glued onto the heavy pages. The pictures or 'scraps' are in most cases carefully arranged by themes including flowers, ...

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French souvenir doll with fishing net and basket of mussels, 1890-1900

This is a female doll with a fishing net and a basket of mussels. It was probably made to be a souvenir of a French coastal town, and would have been intended for display rather than play. It was made in France from bisque (unglazed pottery), wood, cotton, human hair and wool between 1880 and 1900. The body and legs are ...

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'Tudor rose' style shoe sample, c1846

This is a sample of a boy's single straight shoe in an imitation 'Tudor rose' style. It was manufactured from linen and leather by Gundry and Sons, London, around 1846. The sample comprises a linen upper with high rounded tongue, side seams and back seam with the top edge bound. It has pointed overlapping straps across ...