Figure of Woman, "Bather Surprised"

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Figurine of woman leaning on gilt tree stump, nude and clad only in gilt drape across leg and crotch, drape held at hip by gilt belt; she has waved hair and wears a ribbon in it. Grecian in style.
CH classification ORNAMENTS Bone ornament
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H370 x W238 x D155 mm
Media/Materials description
Bone China
History and use
This figurine is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. The figure’s style is distinctly Grecian and possesses elements of Hellenistic sculpture in its design, particularly its nudity, demonstrating a lasting influence of ancient art, even in modern ceramic production.

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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