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D10202 Botanical model, fruit of Christmas Bush, mixed media, modelled by Arthur Edward Rice, coloured by Charles Toms, Sydney Technical College, Sydney, Australia, c. 1900. Click to enlarge.

Christmas Bush

Made by Rice, Arthur Edward in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1900.

This is a botanical model of the fruit of a Christmas Bush. It is made by mixed media and modelled by Arthur Edward Rice and coloured by Charles Toms of the Museum in about 1900. In 1890 the Museum introduced an exhibition of native flowers displaying up to 300 examples sent in-by-enthusiastic ‘friends’.

Joseph Maiden, then the Museum’s curator, expressed the hope that ‘now the beauty of our Australian flora is brought under notice, the ruthless destruction of our trees and flowers will be stop...

Summary

Object No.

D10202

Object Statement

Botanical model, fruit of Christmas Bush, mixed media, modelled by Arthur Edward Rice, coloured by Charles Toms, Sydney Technical College, Sydney, Australia, c. 1900

Physical Description

A botanical flower-like model on a trapezium-shaped blue base with five pink petals, darker at the tips.

Marks

The original Museum exhibition label for this model reads 'Christmas Bush / Ceratopetalum gummiferum, Sm. / Cunoniacae / The small white flowers of this popular tree are borne in great profusion. The so-called "flowers" which develop at Christmas time, are actually the fruits."

Dimensions

Height

430 mm

Width

230 mm

Depth

280 mm

Production

Notes

Arthur Edward Rice (1868-1941) was educated at Sydney Technical College and taught there until 1904 when he joined Wunderlich as a modeller. His wife was Mary Catherine nee Liebentritt, daughter of (John) Frederick Liebentritt of the Cumberland Pottery and Tile Works.

Charles Toms (1852-1924) was the Museum's Colourist from 1890 to 1916.

Source

Credit Line

Source unknown

Acquisition Date

25 October 1938

Cite this Object

Harvard

Christmas Bush 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 August 2019, <https://ma.as/220779>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/220779 |title=Christmas Bush |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=18 August 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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