Tea cup - part of Tea Set (E21410/1-22), light brown glaze outside, cream inside. Aboriginal motifs, cross hatches, circles, animals in dark brown, white and olive.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Crockery tea cup
Essex Ware (estab. 1953, closed 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.