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Great (Exhibition) Expectations

A surprise attribution leads to a fascinating provenance. Pair of well-painted plates, unmarked, maker uncertain…. A flamboyant pair of plates with startling orange borders had been in our storeroom for some time before their significance was unearthed, purely by chance. Their shape is a common ‘lobed’ form, and made by many porcelain makers in the…

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Machin & Potts… a detective tale

Machin Attribution

There are two pottery jugs in this week’s ‘Fresh’, sourced from the same amazing collection of early 19th Century pottery & porcelain as all the similar pieces we have released recently. Our research team had been working overtime (thanks John!) and poured through every book in the library to help identify the vast number of…

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The Boyd ‘Medieval’ chess set

A fascinating and most probably unique creation is also the most modern item in stock at Moorabool – dating to the 1960’s, it is an Australian Pottery ‘Medieval’ chess set, by David & Hermia Boyd, members of the remarkably artistic Boyd family. Medieval Chess set by David & Hermia, 1960’s David & Hermia Boyd Chess…

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Sir John Franklin portrait discovery, c.1828

Sir John Franklin silhouette

An exciting find at Moorabool is this portrait silhouette of Sir John Franklin. His name is very familiar in Tasmania; as stated on the back of this newly discovered portrait, he was Governor there 1837-43, and his name appears across the state with a town on the Huon River, and a major river which narrowly…

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A Ming Dynasty Dragon roof tile, 16th – 17th century

Ming Rooftop tile Dragon

Ming Dynasty Roof Tile A fresh item to Moorabool is this quirky Ming Dynasty roof tile figure. As the name suggests, these were part of the roof decoration on Chinese buildings. Ming Dynasty Roof Tile   Many different ‘characters’ appear as roof tile figures, each with a symbolic purpose. Our Dragon is actually a water…

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The Boyd Chess set; a unique joint production by David & Hermia Boyd

The Boyd Chess set, 1960’s

Only on the market once before, this is a remarkable Australian Pottery rarity – probably unique. Speculated to be a special commission or present, it was last sold in the 1980’s at Christies, Melbourne. The board is by David Boyd, and is constructed from four large tiles divided into squares ,the ends inscribed with the…

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Vincennes covered jug 1753-4

Every so often, we discover a piece of supreme beauty and rarity. This piece certainly qualifies, belonging to the very earliest years of the French Royal factory of Sevres. What makes this doubly special is that it has come back to us again after many years. It came out of an Australian collection late last century, and…

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The Hope Service Plate, Flight Worcester c. 1790-2

Lavish is the word that best describes this Flight Worcester plate. It’s from the ‘Hope’ service, ordered in 1789 by William Henry, the Duke of Clarence, who was the third son of King George III and eventual inheritor of the British throne at the age of 64 after both brothers died without heirs. William IV…

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Stunning Sèvres discovery, by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (l’âiné), 1765

Birds by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (aîné), 1765

A SEVRES CUP AND SOCKETED SAUCER (GOBELET ET SOUCOUPE ‘ENFONCE,’ 1ERE GRANDEUR) The Royal French porcelain manufactory at Sèvres was well patronized by the French court, and the pieces they created were meant to be the most flamboyant and impressive luxuries imaginable. This pink ground cup & saucer certainly qualifies. Important Sèvres cup and saucer,…

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