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92/960 Vase, earthenware, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1960. Click to enlarge.

A Pates Potteries slip-cast 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.

92/960

Object Statement

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

Physical Description

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

An earthenware, slip-cast vase consisting of a low elongated vessel in the shape of a swordfish. The long dorsal fin opens out to form the opening to the vase. The exterior of the vase features a yellow lustre glaze with black bands. The mouth, tips of the tail and eyes of the swordfish have been highlighted in gold. The interior of the vase is glazed with a pale yellow lustre glaze.

Marks

An incised mark on the bas eof the vase reads 'T 2' and a printed makers mark reads 'PATES / POTTERIES / SYDNEY / AUSTRALIA'.

Dimensions

Height

108 mm

Width

400 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 vase in the shape of a swordfish. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2022, <https://ma.as/128410>

Wikipedia

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