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2013/16/104 Side plates (set of 4), melamine, designed by A Wiederkehr, made by Bessemer, Australia, c.1970-1975. Click to enlarge.

Australian melamine plates

Made by Bessemer Australia in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.1970-1975.

These 1970s Australian melamine resin plates are from a collection of tableware designed between the 1950s and 1980s and collected more recenlty by John Hinds (b1950), an artist based in Melbourne. Initially intended to form part of his multi-media artworks, the plates reflect Hinds’ personal taste and interest in ‘retro’ tableware patterns of everyday production lines popular in mid-century Australia. While most of the plates in the collection are made in ceramics, these examples illustrate ine...

Summary

Object No.

2013/16/104

Object Statement

Side plates (set of 4), melamine, designed by A Wiederkehr, made by Bessemer, Australia, c.1970-1975

Physical Description

The plates are moulded in heat resistant plastic (melamine resin), square rimless or coupe style with rounded corners and with designs outlined in black. The printed designs have a fondue/food theme, and the plates are individually coloured: orange, mustard, brown, and raspberry red.

The orange plate has a design of a tumbler; two fondue forks, one holding a lump of cheese; a wedge of Emmentaler cheese; and a bunch of grapes. The design is highlighted in raspberry red, purple and white with a black outlines. The plate has the signature WIEDERKEHR.

The raspberry red plate has a design of a steaming fondue pot in purple and orange over a flaming burner; a dish of lumps of cheese surmounted by a fondue fork; and a castor. The design is highlighted in orange, purple and white with black outlines. The plate has the signature WIEDERKEHR.

The brown plate has a design of a fondue pot with grapes; a fondue fork; a corked wine bottle; and a mandolin. The design is highlighted in turquoise, mustard, and white with black outlines.

The mustard plate has a festive design of a tumbler; bread; grapes; and a monsterio deliciosa leaf. The design is highlighted in brown, green and white with black outlines. The plate has the signature WIEDERKEHR.

Marks

Grey inscription toward the centre of the underside of the plate reads: HINDS

Raised moulded mark within a raised ring to the centre of the underside of the plates.
NYLEX CORPORATION / MELMAC / bessemer (cursive), (in an oval on two plates) / MADE IN AUSTRALIA / 2 (or 3)

Designer: A Wiederkehr

Dimensions

Height

17 mm

Width

195 mm

Production

Notes

Made by Bessemer, Sydney, Australia, c.1970-1975

History

Notes

Part of John Hinds Collection.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of John Hinds, 2012

Acquisition Date

7 February 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

Australian melamine plates 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 12 November 2019, <https://ma.as/456885>

Wikipedia

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