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Ambrosia glass richly decorated in gilt. Body decorated with gilt patterns and white enamel medallion painted with bouquet of flowers, including pink rose with bud, pink and yellow flowers, gathered with pink bow. Medallion bordered by double row of red and gold decor. Baluster stem short and shaped in diamond cut, accented with gold. Base of bowl decorated with gilt outline of thumb pattern. Rim serrated, slightly inverted, with gilt edging. Base is flat with gilt patterns and slight pontil scar. Antique glass, possibly German.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption bowl
H163 x Dia80 mm
Stem: H35 mm
Body: H105 mm
Oriface: ant.Dia73 mm x post.Dia62 mm
Medallion: H40 x W35 mm
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History and use
This ambrosia glass is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. 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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