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86/1812 Sanitary ware, lavatory bowl, toilet pedestal, 'The Imperial' water closet, with 'Advance Australia' motto, transfer printed porcelain, made by Johnson Bros. (Hanley) Ltd, England, 1880-1910, removed from a house St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, before 1986. Click to enlarge.

Porcelain toilet by Johnson Bros.

Made by Johnson Bros in England, United Kingdom, Europe, 1880-1910.

The toilet is an important item illustrating ‘deep-seated’ nationalistic sentiment in Australia at the turn of the 20th century. It features a novel use of the kangaroo motif in the decorative arts and shows interesting use of classical ornament applied to everyday objects. It is a good example of a British product manufactured expressly for the Australian market and complements an earlier toilet we have in the collection with blue-transfer printing (in the Italianate arcadian mode) applied only...

Summary

Object No.

86/1812

Object Statement

Sanitary ware, lavatory bowl, toilet pedestal, 'The Imperial' water closet, with 'Advance Australia' motto, transfer printed porcelain, made by Johnson Bros. (Hanley) Ltd, England, 1880-1910, removed from a house St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, before 1986

Physical Description

Pedestal toilet transfer-printed in blue with scrolling foliage and arabesques on the front, sides and rim of the exterior, and on sides of the interior. The back of the bowl is printed with the British coat of arms. An unofficial Australian coat of arms, with a fleece, ship, crossed pick and spade, and sheaf in the four quarters features on the rear of the bowl, The coat of arms is surmounted by a crown, backed by flags and flanked by lion and kangaroo supporters, with the motto 'Advance Australia' on a ribbon below. The maker's name 'Johnson Brothers (Hanley) Ltd' and the country of manufacture 'England' are printed on a ribbon above the coat of arms while the pattern name, 'The Imperial' is printed below.

Marks

Maker's marks impressed on underside of exterior rim.

Dimensions

Height

438 mm

Width

375 mm

Depth

645 mm

Production

Notes

The toilet was made by Johnson Bros. (Hanley) Ltd., England, 1880-1910.

History

Notes

The toilet was removed from a house in St. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1986

Acquisition Date

17 December 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

Porcelain toilet by Johnson Bros. 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 May 2019, <https://ma.as/61164>

Wikipedia

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