Inkwell in form of Roman Oil Lamp

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Red ground gilt lamp with white flowers oriental in style, in the form of a Roman oil lamp, with two wick holes.
CH classification LIGHTING Kerosene & Oil oil lamp
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H60 x W135 x D60 mm
Media/Materials description
1805 Chamberlains Worcester
Ex Le Gaye Brereton Collection, $33.00
History and use
This oil lamp is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. It is in the form of a Roman oil lamp, and its decoration is oriental in style, demonstrating the notable influences of an ancient ceramic form and an eastern artistic style in the production of modern ceramics.

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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