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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Decorative arts  >  Table setting

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 ...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


Glass bottle, c1880

This is a green glass bottle that was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 29.8 cm x 9.5 cm and was in use in about 1880.


Scent bottle, c1880

This small, ornate, green glass scent bottle was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 98 mm x 60 mm, with a diameter of 57 mm, and was in use in about 1880.


Medicine bottle, c1880

This is a clear glass, single-dose medicine bottle. It has a maker's mark and was manufactured in China. It was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. The bottle measures 50 mm x 19 mm, and would have been in use in about 1880.


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 ...


Biodegradable cutlery, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

These items - three spoons, a knife and a fork - are examples of the biodegradable cutlery that appeared at all food outlets at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made from wood and cornflour, they were manufactured by Biocorp Inc, and supplied to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) ...


'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 ...


Splayds cutlery - asset 1

This is a colour photograph featuring Splayds, a cutlery item invented in Sydney in 1943 by William McArthur. The photograph shows four Splayds displayed diagonally - three have their forked ends pointing upwards towards the left and one has its forked end pointing downwards towards the right. Made of highly polished silver ...


Splayds cutlery - asset 2

This is a colour photograph showing a head-and-shoulders view of a woman with a very elaborate, bouffant hairdo, who is holding a Splayd in her right hand and a slice of cream cake on a plate in her left. The Splayd is made of shiny metal and resembles a spoon, but also has four fork tines cut into the top edge.


Carnival glass bowl, c1926

This is a round glass bowl made by Crystal Glass Ltd in about 1926. The bowl has been photographed from above so as to look down into the interior of the bowl. The bottom is a recessed circle, in which a raised kangaroo design and some tree and branch shapes can be seen. This circle is surrounded by tree shapes of various ...


Art Deco drinks set, c1930

This is a crystal drinks set made in around 1930 in France by an unknown maker. The glassware sits on a rectangular wooden tray with low wooden and chrome-plated sides. At the centre is a crystal decanter with a wide base and flat sides rising at an angle to a round neck and horizontal lip. A hexagonal stopper sits in the ...


Tiffany 'Jack-in-the-pulpit' vase, 1900-08

This is a glass vase designed in New York around 1894 by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The vase, which measures 50.0 cm (height) x 26.5 cm (width), has the appearance of a flowering plant with a tall stem rising from a flattened globular base to support a very large, undulating, circular petal form (corolla). The front part of ...


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 ...


Legras and Cie glass vase, c1905

This is a blown-glass vase made in about 1905 by Legras and Cie, St Denis, France. Measuring 65.0 cm (height) x 18.0 cm (width), the vase is shaped rather like a stair banister. It rises from a flat, circular base, gradually curves in to a slightly pinched waist, and then swells out slightly before tapering upwards to a ...