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2008/159/3 Wall plaque, with bush landscape, Huon pine / metal, eucalyptus tree design, pokerwork by Marie Forester, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1940. Click to enlarge.

Pokerwork wall plaque with bush landscape

Made by Forester, Marie in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1940.

Poker work or the method of burning designs into timber has been a method of artistic expression for thousands of years. Sometimes termed pyrography many cultures throughout the world have used this method to decorate ceremonial items as well as ornaments and functional household items.

Poker work was a popular art form in Australia in the period prior to World War 2. It appeared as a decorative form of design on a variety of household items made from wood such as vases, spoons, coat hangers, ...

Summary

Object No.

2008/159/3

Object Statement

Wall plaque, with bush landscape, Huon pine / metal, eucalyptus tree design, pokerwork by Marie Forester, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1940

Physical Description

Circular wall plaque made from Huon pine, featuring a pokerwork illustration of eucalyptus trees in rural setting, coloured in various brown, orange and yellow shades. The plaque has a raised rim around the edge, while the reverse side has two metal hooks attached to a piece of wire for hanging.

Marks

No marks.

Dimensions

Depth

32 mm

Production

Notes

This pokerwork was done by Marie Forester in Sydney, New South Wales between 1930-1940. Forester was a fellow pokerwork artist with Olive Hughes at the Sydney firm of Heilman & Co. Pokerwork designs were burnt into the surface of wood using a pyrography tool. This basic design was then coloured using Indian inks. This was then finished in several coats of lacquer to protect the design.

History

Notes

In 1930 the donor began working professionally in the firm Heilman and Co. that specialised in large scale poker work production. There she met fellow poker work artist Marie Forester.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Olive Hughes, 2008

Acquisition Date

8 August 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pokerwork wall plaque with bush landscape 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2019, <https://ma.as/383447>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/383447 |title=Pokerwork wall plaque with bush landscape |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 June 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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