Pilgrim Flask, "Landseer"

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Blue flask, with painted plaque on front, gilt handles, rim and stand. Plaque depicts a stag at bay in water with two hounds (landseer subject panel), bordered by gilt rope around entirety of plaque. Attached to four-legged stand with Grecian key feet.
Part of a companion set, paired with H11396.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers vase
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H250 x W210 x D100 mm
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Porcelain, Glazed (Ceramics)
History and use
This pilgrim flask is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. The flask is one of a companion set. Possibly painted by Robert Perling, the decorative panel is in the style of Landseer.

Over his lifetime, Ronalds acquired a world-class collection of Royal Worcester and comparative pieces from other ceramics and glassware manufacturers.

Benjamin Charles Ronalds (born 1892, died 1970) migrated to Australia in 1911 from England, having served an apprenticeship in the glass trade. In Brisbane, he worked with Oxlades glaziers before opening the Decorative Glass Company in West End from 1924, and his success supported his passion, formed in 1946, to collect Royal Worcester porcelain. Over the next almost 25 years he built up a remarkable collection of that factory’s products. As well as collecting locally, he made several trips overseas, and many interstate to Melbourne and Adelaide.

His collection of over 800 pieces was donated to the Queensland Museum in 1976.
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