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2017/37/1 Deer Vase, with plinths (2) and base, polyurethane / acrylic / wood / metal, made by Kate Rohde, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2016. Click to enlarge.

‘Deer Vase’ by Kate Rohde

by Rohde, Kate in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2016.
This is an artwork by Kate Rohde, a contemporary Melbourne-based artist and designer whose practice embraces art, craft and design elements. She is recognised as a leading Australian maker who creates decorative objects, jewellery, wallpaper, interiors, sculpture, fashion. Kate is well-known for combining historical decorative motifs and contemporary materials such as polyurethane in the creation of her 3-D objects and jewellery.

Her investigations into the changing nature and perception of decorative arts blurs traditional boundaries between design, decorative art and fine art that is reflective of our time. Kate is recognised for making jewellery and objects from polyurethane that strongly reference historical precedents and convey a strong creative voice of her own, using both figurative and ornamental motifs.

Deer Vase is her largest polyurethane work to date and is made from a single mould, demonstrating an ambition in the scale and scope of the work. She has developed a highly recognisable signature style which at this point in time articulates a sophistication and understanding of plasticity, materials and technique. It features deer-like creatures entwined around the form of the vase along with stylised plants, antlers, birds, gems and crystals. The overt references to decorative arts from the Baroque and Rococo periods in this work have a number of meaningful associations with historical objects already in the MAAS collection.

Katie Dyer, Curator Contemporary, 2017


Object No.


Object Statement

Deer Vase, with plinths (2) and base, polyurethane / acrylic / wood / metal, made by Kate Rohde, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2016

Physical Description

Multi-coloured polyurethane vase with accompanying gold mirrored plinth and blue floor base. The vase has deers standing amongst flowers and vines protruding from its body, two birds as the handles and horns at its top. Each horn has a bird sitting on it. There is a gold plinth for the vase to sit on and a blue floor base.

A second gold plinth was commissioned by the Museum to house a projector whilst the vase is on display.


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2540 mm


1220 mm


1230 mm



The vase was made from a single mould in Melbourne, Australia by Kate Rohde.



Exhibited in Luminous Realms exhibition at Craft, Melbourne, Victoria, 10 December 2016 - 11 February, 2017, solo exhibition of Kate Rohde's recent work.


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

26 September 2017

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'Deer Vase' by Kate Rohde 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 August 2020, <>


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