Figurine "Cairo Water Carrier", Man

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Figurine in the form of a man. He is bearded and wears a long robe with a flowered hem as well as gilt slipper-style shoes. He carries a water urn supported by a green strap roped over his left shoulder, and he stands on a round piece of earth. The body of the figuine is finished in an off-white glaze. Paired with H11578.
CH classification ORNAMENTS Bone ornament
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H215 x Dia80 mm
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Porcelain, Glazed (Ceramics)
Gilt (Metal Plating)
Paint (Surface Treatments)
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.
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