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Vase of ruby-coloured transparent glass. Body decorated with gold figures on horseback with swords, dancing, reclining, and fig trees separating scenes. Scenes bordered above and below by formal gold patterns with raised white glass beading. Rim at top is everted with a wide lip. Pedestal base decorated with gold band encircled by raised white glass beading, and pontil scar. Scenes are Classical in style.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers vase
Body: H262 x Dia114 mm
Base: H164 x Dia95 mm
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History and use
This vase is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. It is an exquisite piece for its fine depiction of scenes influenced by antiquity.

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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