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93/305/18 Model figure, swordfish, plaster, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1970. Click to enlarge.

A Pates Potteries model for a swordfish ornament.

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.

93/305/18

Object Statement

Model figure, swordfish, plaster, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1970

Physical Description

Model figure, swordfish ornament, plaster, made by Pates Potteries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1946-1970.

A model figure for a swordfish ornament. The model can be used to produce a block mould for slip casting in earthenware. The plaster figure has a solid form with a wide base. The swordfish figure rises from the base and rests on a circular form in the centre of the model. The tail and the the fin of the swordfish have chipped. The missing section of the tail is in a plastic bag with the model.

Marks

Carved into the base of the mould 'CL 9'.

Dimensions

Height

390 mm

Width

180 mm

Depth

110 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 Ron Pate, 1993

Acquisition Date

17 August 1993

Cite this Object

Harvard

A Pates Potteries model for a swordfish ornament. 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 December 2022, <https://ma.as/133522>

Wikipedia

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