Figurine of Flute Player

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Figurine of boy sitting on tree-stump playing gold flute, clothed fully in white with gilt edging, brown hair. Part of a set, paired with H11516.
CH classification ORNAMENTS Bone ornament
Production place
H260 x W110 x D130 mm
Media/Materials description
Rd No 23324, 1070, Z
R.W.Mark, Z2, 1070, 1
Year Mark: 1888, Pattern Mark: 1885
History and use
This figurine is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. 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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