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92/910 Ashtray, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1960. Click to enlarge.

A Pates Potteries slip-cast ashtray.

Designed
Alfred Pate learnt to throw pottery in 1933 while working in the Bristolware Department at the Fowler pottery company. Pate began experimenting with the production of pottery from his garage in Campsie, and sold his wares throughout the neighbourhood. Increased demand encouraged Pate to expand and formally establish his business and in 1946 Pates Potteries Pty Ltd was formally registered, operating from a factory in Belmore. Capitalising on a post-war market with an increased demand for …

Summary

Object No.

92/910

Object Statement

Ashtray, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1960

Physical Description

Ashtray, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1960

An earthenware, slip-cast ashtray that is hexagonal in shape. The ashtray has rounded sides which curve inwards towards the rim. There is a standing figure of a terrier dog across two sides of the ashtray. On two opposite sides of the ashtray are two cigarette rest indentations. The ashtray has been glazed with a mottled green and brown glaze and the figure of the dog has been glazed in brown.

Dimensions

Height

90 mm

Width

115 mm

Depth

125 mm

Production

Notes

The vase was designed and made by Pates Pottery Pty Ltd in Belmore New South Wales between 1946 and 1960.

History

Notes

Alf Pate learnt to throw pottery at the Fowler Company in 1933, and began making and selling his own wares from his garage in Campsie. The popularity of his wares led Alf, assisted by his brother John and nephew Ron, to formally established Pates Potteries in 1946. The factory was constructed from Ex-Army Huts in Lakemba and operated until 1990. At its height in the 1950s Pates employed up to 95 staff.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of David Chamberlain under the Tax Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1992

Acquisition Date

29 June 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

A Pates Potteries slip-cast ashtray. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2022, <https://ma.as/128348>

Wikipedia

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