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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Decorative arts
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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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Boar's head covered tureen, 1878

This is a large tureen and cover manufactured by Mintons in England in 1878. The tureen and cover is sculpted in the shape of a boar's head with upward-pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and ears swept back. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves ...

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Laminated glass sculpture, 'The Beginning of the End', c1995

This is a glass collage exploring the theme of birth and the intensity of life through a chaotic and colourful juxtaposition of glass assembled then fired. the panel is: 86.5 cm x 24.0 cm.

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Carved emu egg, c1900

This is an emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on a silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, New South Wales. The carved bush scene depicts two bushmen seated beside a campfire, watching a billy boil. The carved egg measures 12.0 cm high x 16.2 cm wide x 11.4 cm deep.

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Olympic Sports Mascot pins, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a limited-edition collection of 47 Olympic Sports Mascot pins from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. They are mounted in a wooden frame measuring 57.0 cm x 40.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The words 'SYDNEY 2000' can be seen at the bottom of the frame. The pins, displayed against an orange and green mount depicting an athletics track, ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The excerpt begins with a silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory that produces electroplated silverware. They are greeted at the front door of a brick building, with all three ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 5

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films Pty Ltd titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Remarkable mechanical advances in the manufacture of Electro-Plated Silverware enable the body of the teapot to be accurately shaped by a 10 ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 6

This is a clip from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Now thoroughly cleaned, the teapot receives its first coat of pure silver by being dipped in a "Striking Bath" containing liquid silver.' A worker wearing ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'The burnished process not only brightens the teapot, but it produces a hardness which ensures greater wearing qualities.' Three women work at a table ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 8

This is an excerpt from the end of a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' A silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory look on as a man buffs a silverplated teapot using a rotary wheel. Other silverware produced at the factory can be seen. ...

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Bendigo Pottery 'Waverley Ware' jug, c1925-35

This is an earthenware 'Waverley Ware' jug with a low, sharply carinated body, wishbone handle and long spout, manufactured at some stage between 1925 and 1935. The jug has been glazed in brown and streaked with a lighter colour. Fixed to one side of the jug is an oval silver paper label.

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'Celebrations 2001' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Sydney artist Martin Sharp. The background colour is blue, with gold borders on the top and bottom, and small gold panels enclosing red text. In the centre is a large red map of Australia with the word 'Eternity' in handwriting inside. Written across the panel is the complete quotation: ...

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Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...

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Kurdish kilim, 1993-94

This is a traditional Kurdish kilim, handwoven in scarlet wool with multicoloured geometric patterns picked out in green, yellow, black and blue. The kilim is fringed with the white cotton warp threads and has been worked in bands; alternating between red, black and multicoloured sections.

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Glass bottle, c1880

This is a green glass bottle that was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 29.8 cm x 9.5 cm and was in use in about 1880.

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Scent bottle, c1880

This small, ornate, green glass scent bottle was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 98 mm x 60 mm, with a diameter of 57 mm, and was in use in about 1880.

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Ceramic pot, c1880

This is a ceramic pot, inscribed 'HOLLOWAY'S / FAMILY OINTMENT / FOR THE CURE OF / SCROFULOUS AND INDOLENT TUMOURS / INVETERATE ULCERS / ULCERATED SORE LEGS, BURNS, SCALDS, RINGWORM, SORE HANDS / AND ALL CUTANEOUS DISEASES / GOUT AND RHEUMATISM'. The pot measures 49 mm (length) x 49 mm (width) x 39 mm (height).

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Nally Ware salt shakers, 1934

These are two mottled orange Nally Ware salt shakers with black caps, manufactured from moulded phenol formaldehyde by Nally Ltd, Sydney. The salt shakers have a tapered octagonal form with a flat screw-top cap with multiple pouring holes on one, and a single central pouring nozzle on the other.

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Splayd eating utensils, 1962

These are six stainless-steel Splayd eating utensils. They were designed by William McArthur and manufactured by Stokes (Australasia) Ltd, Japan, in 1962.

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Alex Liddy 'Atria' serving utensils, 2005

These are four 'Atria' serving utensils, manufactured from stainless steel and plastic by Housewares International, China. The utensils comprise a cake lifter, a large serving spoon and two large salad servers, all made from polished stainless steel. All utensils are marked on the reverse.