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Victorian lustre made of ruby and clear glass. Neck wide with crenulated gilt lip adorned with white enamel flowers. Body wide and cylindrical in shape, decorated with gilt leaves, blue and yellow enamel flowers on white branches. Ten two-piece droplets of clear glass hang from base of body, extending to just above the foot. Stem hollow with single knop at base adorned with white enamel flowers. Base wide and hollow.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Table Setting table decoration
H364 x Dia170 mm
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History and use
This glass lustre 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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