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A1572 Vase, porcelain blank made by L. Bernardaud & Co., Limoges, France / decorated with cicada design by Delia Cadden, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1913. Click to enlarge.

Cicada vase by Delia Cadden

Made by L. Bernardaud & Co. in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France, Europe, 1912.

Porcelain vase, the body a squat onion shape which narrows at the top and rises into a short neck. The top half is khaki, the bottom on-glaze grey green, with a narrow gold band around the centre dividing the two. Set at regular intervals around the shoulder are cicadas with green bodies and delicately striped pink and green opalescent wings. Details are outlined in gold. Around the neck is a decorative band incorporating cicada heads. The rim and interior bear a gold band. The artists signature...

Summary

Object No.

A1572

Object Statement

Vase, porcelain blank made by L. Bernardaud & Co., Limoges, France / decorated with cicada design by Delia Cadden, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1913

Physical Description

Porcelain vase, the body a squat onion shape which narrows at the top and rises into a short neck. The top half is khaki, the bottom on-glaze grey green, with a narrow gold band around the centre dividing the two. Set at regular intervals around the shoulder are cicadas with green bodies and delicately striped pink and green opalescent wings. Details are outlined in gold. Around the neck is a decorative band incorporating cicada heads. The rim and interior bear a gold band. The artists signature is on the body. The manufacturers mark is under the base.

Marks

Artist's signature, on side, handwritten green on glaze, "Delia Cadden". Makers mark, under base, green transfer print "B & Co / FRANCE". Also sticker with museum number

Dimensions

Height

102 mm

Width

160 mm

Production

Notes

This vase was hand painted and gilded in 1913 by Delia Cadden (1884-c 1918) with overglaze decoration featuring five cicadas on a porcelain blank made by L. Bernardaud & Co., Limoges, France, in about 1912.

Delia Cadden was a talented china-painter. She often included gum leaves, wattle and flannel flowers in her designs but her favourite motifs for porcelain decoration were Australian Green Grocer Cicadas (Cyclochila australasiae). Painted in various stages of flight or just crawling, their wings and segmented bodies glittering with heavy gilding, they seem to move slowly in a rhythmical dance around the bulbous shoulders of her selected squat vase. This vase features an additional frieze of stylised cicada heads around the neck.

Cadden, Delia, Eleanor, May, was the eldest of six children of Robert William Cadden, a grain merchant. In about 1907-1908 she studied china painting under J A Peach at the Sydney Technical College, then continued her studies in the Art Department until about 1911. As a student she exhibited in the 1907 Women's Work Exhibition at Melbourne (although not listed in the Sydney preliminary catalogue). From about 1910 she had a studio in the family residence, Ravenshurst, at Beecroft, and between 1912 and 1917 exhibited with NSW Society of Arts and Crafts.

A china-painter of considerable ability she decorated vases, tea and coffee sets, plates, wall plaques and buttons. She used motifs such as Australian and English garden flowers, peacocks and cranes, but excelled in cicada designs. Her later work shows the influence of Oriental art.

History

Notes

This vase was aquired in 1913, the year it was painted, most probably from the annual Society of Arts and Crafts exhibition in Sydney, where it was shown.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1913

Acquisition Date

9 September 1913

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cicada vase by Delia Cadden 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 July 2019, <https://ma.as/173757>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/173757 |title=Cicada vase by Delia Cadden |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=23 July 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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