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Listed under:  Arts  >  Art movements  >  Modern art  >  Art Deco

Bakelite Airzone mantle radio, 1938

This is an Airzone model 5057 'Symphony Leader' radio receiver. The radio cabinet is in a brown bakelite 'tombstone' form with a large circular frequency dial and four brown knobs below the dial. The speaker grille has three segments, which are outlined with rigid, white plastic fittings. Brown-and-white speckled fabric ...


A dance in 1923

This is a still taken from the 1923 Australian silent movie, 'The dingo'. It shows five couples dancing.


Sitting around a table in 1923

This is a still taken from the 1923 Australian silent movie, 'The dingo'. It shows four women and three men, all in evening dress, sitting around a table.


Health stamps poster

This is a full-colour poster (57 cm x 44.5 cm) featuring an illustration of children playing at the beach. In the foreground, a boy with a spade at his side stands by a heap of sand he has dug, flexing his arm muscles. Two girls and another boy, all dressed in swimwear, are looking at the central figure. Across the bottom ...


'Holden lion' sculpture, c1930

This is a bronze sculpture, measuring 36.5 cm x 40.5 cm x 12.7 cm, by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937), created about 1930. Its basic form is that of a lion set on top of a rectangular plinth or base. The creature is set back on its hindquarters with its head reared, ears pinned back and mouth open in a roaring snarl. The exaggerated ...


'Prophet Isaiah, Apostle St Peter, Sundar Singh', 1936

This is a stained-glass window, designed in 1936 by Christian Waller (1894-1954) for a church in Bendigo, Victoria. The window is made up of three vertical panels, which measure 305 cm x 46 cm, 345 cm x 46 cm and 305 cm x 46 cm. Each panel features a single figure of a man, identified by a name that appears at the base ...


Suite of armchairs and settee by Thomas Hope, c1802

This is a suite of upholstered wooden furniture, consisting of two armchairs and a backless settee, designed by Thomas Hope in Egyptian revival style and made in about 1802. The materials used include ebonised and gilt beech, bronze and gilt brass mounts, and reproduction silk damask and trimmings. The chairs and settee ...


Drinks trolley, 1930

This is a drinks trolley that was made in France in about 1930. The trolley has a frame of square aluminium tubing that supports upper and lower shelves in mirrored glass and aluminium. A mirrored glass tray sits on top of the trolley. A curved handle is attached to the upper rear, above a narrow aluminium shelf. Above ...


Filming the main street of Armidale, mid-1950s

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man about to film from the roof of an FJ Holden panel van that is travelling down Beardy Street, the main street of Armidale in regional New South Wales. Beardy Street is festooned with bunting and coloured lights, perhaps in celebration of the annual Autumn Festival. The photo ...


Desny table lamp, c1925

This is a glass and aluminium table lamp measuring 10.5 cm wide x 10.5 cm deep, designed and made by Desny, France, in about 1925. The base of the lamp consists of two rectangular glass feet supporting a square, mirrored base. A tapered cylindrical aluminium shaft supports the lamp unit, which is composed of stepped layers ...


Shelley Potteries 'Vogue' teapot, 1930-32

This is a bone china teapot from the 'Vogue' series, made by Shelley Potteries, Staffordshire, England, 1930-32. The teapot, which measures 11.0 cm x 23.0 cm x 9.0 cm, is essentially a squat, inverted conical vessel set on a low splayed foot. The top is a double-tiered low dome that has a lid with an indented centre and ...


A Nation is Built, 1938: Sydney - 'the Empire's second greatest white city'

This black-and-white clip shows Sydney in 1938, using a montage of images to represent it as a bustling, vibrant city. Shots of the central business district show its mix of colonial and modern architecture, and Art Deco buildings such as the City Mutual Life Building. Included are glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ...


'Music', 1928

This linocut print shows five stylised nudes - a pianist and four dancers - bending and swaying wildly to the rhythms of the music. The patterns made by their outstretched ochre bodies interact with bands of red, blue and green that sweep from several directions in arcs across the page to produce a dynamic and decorative ...


Camp-Berlei Foundation Garments, c1927: Modelling fashion

This tinted silent clip dating from the 1920s is part of a film promoting Camp-Berlei foundation garments. It opens with models posing in high-fashion garments and reveals some of the hairstyles, accessories and fashion trends of the time. Each model and outfit is introduced by an intertitle that supplies information on ...