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Clear glass bowl to commemorate Australia's Centenary in 1888

1999.0017.0128

Clear glass bowl to commemorate Australia's Centenary in 1888

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Description

English Registration Number 88120 of 24 November 1887.

Physical description

A clear glass bowl with a scalloped rim, and a stippled surface design. 'AUSTRALIA'S CENTENARY', with '1788' and '1888' in shields, are pressed around the rim. The foot is pressed with an unofficial Australian coat of arms, that features; a fleece, ship, crossed pick and spade, and sheaf, in the four quarters, supported by a kangaroo and an emu. 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA' is on a ribbon in the foreground with a rose, shamrocks and a thistles above it. It is flanked by a ship, mining and farming implements, a tent and a hut.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

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