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2003/140/1 Vase, earthenware, hand-painted, made by Nixon Pottery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1950s.. Click to enlarge.

Earthenware vase by Nixon Pottery

Made
This earthenware vase was made in the 1950s by the small Sydney pottery, Nixon, which was one of dozens operating in Sydney after the Second World War. Its main rival, the Martin Boyd Pottery, was the most significant pottery in Sydney at this time and was responsible for wares decorated with Aboriginal-style motifs. This vase, part of the Jemba production line made by Nixon Pottery, features similar decorations - hand painted in a stylised manner and representing Aboriginal men hunting in a …

Summary

Object No.

2003/140/1

Object Statement

Vase, earthenware, hand-painted, made by Nixon Pottery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1950s.

Physical Description

Vase in cream coloured earthenware, with open mouth and flared lip, hand painted on exterior surface with wave-like bands of brushed colour, in black, yellow and brown. 'Aboriginal-style' figures and animal prints such as crocodile and emu are painted over the background colours.

Marks

Manufacturer's name engraved onto base, 'NIXON (within brown arrow shape)'

Dimensions

Height

140 mm

Production

Notes

The Nixon vase is hand-painted with Aboriginal-style motifs that represent Aboriginal men hunting emus in a desert landscape. This type of imagery was popular in Australia after the Second World War when designers were searching for a national cultural identity as a source of inspiration. Looking towards Aboriginal art, they established a repertoire of stylised motifs that included cross-hatching, native plants and animals, animal footprints, spears, boomerangs and Aboriginal people themselves. These made their way onto the wealth of domestic wares produced at Australia's semi-commercial potteries.

This vase was made in the 1950s by the small Sydney pottery, Nixon, which was one of dozens operating in Sydney after the Second World War. The history of this pottery and its practitioners is largely unknown although its wares indicate that it contributed to the wealth of semi-commercial ceramics in Australia at the time.

History

Notes

The Nixon vase was part of the donor's extensive collection of Australian ceramics. It was presented to the Museum in 1992 by the donor, a former Parliamentary Librarian and a collector of Australian ceramics. The donor made two significant donations to the Museum before this time.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Dr R L Cope, 2003

Acquisition Date

15 October 2003

Cite this Object

Harvard

Earthenware vase by Nixon Pottery 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2021, <https://ma.as/320006>

Wikipedia

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