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92/959 Centrepiece vase, swordfish, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1960. Click to enlarge.

A Pates Potteries centrepiece vase in the shape of a swordfish.

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.

92/959

Object Statement

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

Physical Description

Centrepiece vase, swordfish, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1960.

A slip-cast earthenware centrepiece vase featuring a stylised swordfish with curved body rising up from a rocky mound above a shallow crescent-shaped flower trough. The centrepiece has been polychrome lustre glazed in pale yellows, blues and greens with black banding along the body and fin of the swordfish. The tips of the tail and beak of the swordfish are gold and the top of the flower trough has also been trimmed in gold.

Marks

An impressed mark on the bottom of the centrepiece under glaze reads '199'.

Dimensions

Height

330 mm

Width

330 mm

Depth

175 mm

Production

Notes

Pottery situated at 61 Lakemba Street, Belmore, Sydney.

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.

Ron G Pate, OBE was the former mayor of Canterbury Municipality and former Chief Scout commissioner.

Source

Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

29 June 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

A Pates Potteries centrepiece vase in the shape of a swordfish. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 December 2022, <https://ma.as/128405>

Wikipedia

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