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Registration Number E21235
Classification CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Crockery dish
CH classification Homewares
Name or Title Mug
Production Place Leura/Blue Mountains/New South Wales/Australia
Production Date 1956
History and Use

This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.

This mug was decorated by English-born illustrator Tom Alban, and produced by the Essexware pottery studio. The Essexware studio was established at Leura in the Blue Mountains, NSW and was active from 1951-1957.

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Registration Number E21269
Classification CH classification ORNAMENTS Ceramic
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers bowl
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers salt container
Name or Title Bowl
Production Place Leura/Blue Mountains/New South Wales/Australia
Production Date 1953-1957
History and Use

This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.

This small, ceramic dish was produced by the Essexware pottery studio. The Essexware studio was established at Leura in the Blue Mountains, NSW and was active from 1951-1957.

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Registration Number E21022
Classification CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption jug
Name or Title Jug
Production Place Melbourne/Victoria/Australia
Production Date 1955-1972
History and Use

This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.

Sculptor and ceramicist Guy Boyd was a member of Australia’s famous Boyd family artistic dynasty. In the 1940s, Guy Boyd was one of the first Australian artists to embrace Indigenous designs in commercial ceramics. In 1948, Guy changed the name of his ceramics business to Martin Boyd Pottery.

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Registration Number E21018
Classification CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers vase
CH classification ORNAMENTS Ceramic ornament
Name or Title Trough
Production Place Leura/Blue Mountains/New South Wales/Australia
Production Date 1953-1957
History and Use

This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.

This ceramic dish was produced by the Essexware pottery studio. The Essexware studio was established at Leura in the Blue Mountains, NSW and was active from 1951-1957.

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Registration Number E21137
Classification CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Crockery plate
Name or Title Dish
Production Place Murrumbeena/Victoria/Australia
Production Date 1946-1948
History and Use

This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.

Sculptor and ceramicist Guy Boyd was a member of Australia’s famous Boyd family artistic dynasty. In the 1940s, Guy Boyd was one of the first Australian artists to embrace Indigenous designs in commercial ceramics. In 1948, Guy changed the name of his ceramics business to Martin Boyd Pottery.

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Registration Number E21410.1
Classification CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption teapot
Name or Title Tea pot
Production Place Leura/Blue Mountains/New South Wales/Australia
Production Date 1953-1957
History and Use

This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.

This teaset was produced by the Essexware pottery studio. The Essexware studio was established at Leura in the Blue Mountains, NSW and was active from 1951-1957.

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