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Ceramic sardine dish with lid


Ceramic sardine dish with lid

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Physical description

A light yellow brown glazed ceramic sardine dish consisting of a base and lid. The base is rectangular, shaped as basket on wider plate, with four relief seashells in cream at each corner. The lid is rectangular, and decorated with four relief seashells in cream at the corners, with a cream and brown modelled shell as a handle at the top. The base and lid are textured with relief basket weave and glazed gold and brown on the outside and cream on the interior. The glaze is crackled throughout.

Statement of significance

The William and Jeanette Derham family collection is the physical manifestation of Mr Derham's commitment to documenting the work of Bendigo Pottery, its wares and institutional history, as well as the association he and his family had with the business between 1968 and 1983. The collection consists of historic Bendigo Pottery ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries which illustrate the diversity of wares produced between 1858 and 1971, as well as a comprehensive range of items manufactured during the Derham era. This material is supported by a unique collection of stamps and printing blocks used as part of the manufacturing and advertising processes as well as documentary materials, photographs and ephemera which illustrate working life at Bendigo Pottery.

Since its establishment in 1858, Bendigo Pottery has played a significant role in the history of Australian ceramics, producing wares ranging from the domestic and decorative, to the utilitarian and industrial. The history of the business illustrates the process of technological transfer in the decorative arts, the adaptation of imported ceramic traditions to local markets and the development of distinctively Australian imagery, styles and pottery products. Bendigo Pottery has provided useful products and employment opportunities to the community for 150 years and on an aesthetic level ensured that the skills of the potter, which so easily could have been lost with the advent of mass production techniques, have been preserved for posterity.

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