Figurine "Cairo Water Carrier", Woman

Production date
1903
Country
England
State/Province
Worcester
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Description
Figurine in the form of a woman. She wears a brownish-coloured long robe with a hem adorned in floral decoration as well as a head covering. She is bare-footed and carries a water urn with gilt handles on her left shoulder and her right hand rests on her hip. The figurine has a matt finish. Paired with H11579.
Classification
CH classification ORNAMENTS Bone ornament
Production date
1903
Production place
Measurements
H245 x Dia80 mm
Media/Materials description
Porcelain
History and use
This figurine is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. It is part of a companion set. 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.
Registration number
H11578

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