Square Bottle "Waratah"

Country
England
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Description
Bottle with square base, cream coloured glass veneer, decorated with Waratah branch and flower. Paired with H11626.2 (Stopper), part of a companion set inc. H11605.1, H11605.2.
Classification
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bottle
CH classification ORNAMENTS Ceramic ornament
Production place
Measurements
H185 x Dia85 mm
Media/Materials description
Porcelain, Silver, Cork.
Signature/Marks
FLAVELLE BROTHERS Ltd \ ROYAL WORCESTER ENGLAND
Rd No 565107
1913
A.Shuck
665
C546
History and use
This bottle with stopper are part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. The decoration on the bottle, consisting of an Australian native plant, the Waratah, appears to replicate an Ellis Rowan design, painted by Albert Shuck, a Worcester artist who specialised in fruits, flowers and birds.

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
H11626.1

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