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December 1st Fresh Stock

December 1st Fresh Stock

With Christmas fast approaching we have some great gift ideas for everyone. Moorabool has been selling Antiques as Christmas Gifts for over 60 years… Antiquities FRESH to stock today. Looking for something ‘Unique’? We can provide that! Antiques and fossils make great gift for the person who has everything. Today’s Fresh Stock has a terrific range to consider. All the ancient pieces & fossils come with a Certificate of Authenticity & Description explaining what they are. See all FRESH stock >> See UNDER $100 Present Ideas >>
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Fresh Stock – Variety…

Fresh Stock – Variety…

There’s an influx of interesting Fresh pieces to browse, released today. We’ll have a lot more going on over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on our ’Latest’ gallery. See our ’Latest Stock’ >> See our ’Latest Stock’ >>
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Asian Special – Fine Japanese Antiques

Asian Special – Fine Japanese Antiques

This stunning cabinet is known as a Shodana, and is seen here being used as intended – it’s a ‘curio cabinet’, to store your precious objects in. What makes this example so interesting is the architectural element – the central portion contains two three-shelf corner partitions, the lower one having four sliding screen doors – miniature versions of the Japanese house doors – and the entire segment hinges outward, to leave the interior space clear. Above is another larger shelf section with four similar sliding doors. The open fretwork on these is amazing for its fineness and accuracy, true miniatures of the full-sized house doors in Meiji Japan. Add…
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A Chinese Musical Ensemble

A Chinese Musical Ensemble

A rare folio of large Qing Dynasty paintings depict Chinese Musical instruments. Painted in Canton circa 1800-30, they are a visual guide to China’s music scene, 200 years ago….
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Asian Special – Chinese Ceramics

Asian Special – Chinese Ceramics

Chinese Ceramics, fresh to the website, including notable Ming Dynasty porcelain – and some excellent Chinese Hardwood cabinets to display them in!
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Fresh Stock

Fresh Stock

Royal Worcester Fresh to stock are two pieces of Royal Worcester, beautifully hand-painted, one by James Stinton with pheasants, the other with doves & a cottage by Charles Baldwyn. James Stinton – Vase dated 1904 James Stinton was son of well known Worcester artist John, and his brother John junior, all of who painted birds. James came to work at the Royal Worcester factory when Grainger Worcester was taken over in 1902, making this a very early example of his work at Royal Worcester. James also painted watercolours of this same subject. These ‘studies’ were probably a side-line for him, but would have also been a great way to…
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Fresh Stock – Dutch Delft, Pocketknives, great Variety!

Fresh Stock – Dutch Delft, Pocketknives, great Variety!

An interesting selection of items, just freshly released. With Christmas coming up fast, there’s a lot of items that would make great small presents – check out the ‘Under $100’ and ‘Under $50’ galleries. See all Fresh items >> Dutch Delft tiles in Manganese We’re used to Dutch Delft in the blue & white, but the mineral manganese was also used to produce these interesting variations to the usual ‘Delft’. The Biblical examples are scarce, and these are fine examples – note the ‘Moses in the Bullrushes’ scene complete with a Sphinx in the background! See all Delft Tiles >> Pen Knives & Pocket knives Once essential items for…
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Fresh Stock – Artworks, Georgian Furniture, Silver, Glass & more!

Fresh Stock – Artworks, Georgian Furniture, Silver, Glass & more!

Our latest Fresh Stock on Moorabool.com includes a terrific variety of fine items – including some Sterling Silver rarities, usable Whiskey & Wine glasses, and a scattering of jewellery. Lots more in the pipeline, as October draws to a close it will soon be November – and that’s almost Christmas! We will have a sensational selection of Christmas Present ideas for all of those who like to plan ahead. Enjoy! Best wishes from Paul & Glenys Rosenberg & all at Moorabool See all the latest stock >> Original Artworks See all Fresh Artworks >> Portrait Miniatures We have a fine collection of Portrait Miniatures to offer over the next…
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October 7th – Fresh Stock, some fine quality.

October 7th – Fresh Stock, some fine quality.

Fresh Stock – we have some excellent Georgian Furniture, Delft Pottery, and Saltglaze…. A quality group of Fresh items.
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Fresh! Variety & Value….

Fresh! Variety & Value….

Welcome to our first Fresh Stock for October 2022.Today, we have a great variety to offer, from Furniture to Children’s Plates, from the useful to the ‘whimsical’. Over the next few weeks, there will be a large number of fresh items uploaded, so keep an eye on our ‘Latest’ gallery. Enjoy! Natural History There’s a number of fresh pieces of ‘Natural History’ – including dinosaur parts under $50 (terrific gifts!) , minerals, and the amazing ‘Zebra Stone’, unique to a small area in the Northern Territory. Furniture Wax We stock ‘Gilly’s’ furniture polish. This is an Australian made wax, produced in Western Australia, and offers a number of different…
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Fresh stock, mid- September

Fresh stock, mid- September

We have a lot of Fresh Stock to share with you! Pewter. There’s a charm to this mellow, often battered metal. Popular in the past, today it’s purely a decorative item – not suitable for food as it contains a lot of lead. It’s a perfect compliment to aged Oak furniture. See all Pewter >> See all Fresh Furniture >> Natural History Moorabool has a fantastic collection of ‘Natural History’ to offer – Fossils, Minerals, Seashells & other Natural Wonders. They form our ‘Cabinet of Curios’. You’ll find a new ‘Natural History’ page we have just created dedicated to this collecting field: a small number of items are available,…
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Fresh for Spring!

Fresh for Spring!

Welcome to our Fresh stock – on the First Day of Spring (for us Southerners!). What better way to welcome Spring than with some Derby children with flowers…. and the Regency lacquer tray they are displayed on is simply sensational, converted into a ‘coffee table’ by mounting it on a bamboo base. See all the Fresh Stock >> There’s plenty of Fresh Furniture to browse…. See all Fresh Furniture >> Prints of Geelong We have started to catalogue our large holding of Prints – and what better place to start than with our local views. You’ll find a good selection of S.T. Gill views of Geelong, from the 1857…
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The Death of Nelson

The Death of Nelson

Trafalgar, 1805:It was a tragedy of heroic proportions: the battle with the French was won, but the admiral responsible, Nelson, was dead. While the event happened in 1805, it still had the imagination of the public 40 years later, when the Staffordshire figure illustrated here was made to dramatically illustrate the event. In the words of William Beatty, Surgeon on the Victory who published his account in 1807: About fifteen minutes past one o’clock, which was in the heat of the engagement, he (Nelson) was walking the middle of the quarter-deck with Captain HARDY, and in the act of turning near the hatchway with his face towards the stern…
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Father’s Day 2022

Father’s Day 2022

Looking for a present for Father’s Day? Here’s a selection of splendid ideas, hand-picked by our well experienced present-givers !
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Fresh stock – Fantastic Variety

Fresh stock – Fantastic Variety

Today we have a big variety – from an almost life-size alabaster bust, to some fresh furniture, antiquities, ‘seaside’ souvenirs, and even a Black Forrest bear. Enjoy! See all Fresh Stock >> Furniture We’re over-stocked with Fine Furniture! Unfortunately, it has been difficult to access the furniture on our website – until now. See our Antique Furniture Galleries We’re pleased to introduce a brand-new browsing page, which groups the furniture into logical galleries for you to enjoy. Click on the above banner – also now featured on the homepage – to see our furniture. Note: there’s a vast amount of furniture in stock, 600+ pieces, and much is still…
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Fresh Today – Antiquities, Staffordshire Figures, Georgian Cutlery, plus more!

Fresh Today – Antiquities, Staffordshire Figures, Georgian Cutlery, plus more!

Fresh to Moorabool.com – Antiquities, Staffordshire Figures, Georgian Silver Cutlery – plus more!
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Fresh Stock – Fine Continental and English Ceramics

Fresh Stock – Fine Continental and English Ceramics

A selection of Vienna, Meissen, Sevres and other finely decorated ceramics for your perusal! Mainly 18th century, you’ll find Bow, Worcester & Caughley, plus some French & German – but in particular, a fine selection of early Vienna porcelain.
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Antiquities – Recent Additions

Antiquities – Recent Additions

Ancient Bronzes & Ceramics from Rome, Egypt, Celtic, & Chinese feature in this Fresh Stock release. You’ll find some fascinating blue & white pieces that have spent 500 years beneath the sea, an ancient Egyptian musical instrument fragment, and a 2,000 year old life-size duck!
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Fresh Stock! Blue + White, Staffordshire, Chinese….

Fresh Stock! Blue + White, Staffordshire, Chinese….

Welcome to our June 20th Fresh Stock. Today, there’s a fine selection to browse, mostly pottery but with a few pieces of porcelain, and some Asian Antiques. See all the Latest Stock here >> Blue & White There’s a terrific group of printed English earthenware – at first, we thought it was a single service, the shapes and the patterns are so similar! One part is Ridgway’s ‘India Temple’ pattern, circa 1820. The other is Minton earthenware, and printed in blue with their ‘Chinese Marine’ pattern. A selection of Ridgway’s ‘India Temple’ and Minton’s ‘Chinese Marine’, 1820’s & 30’s, mixed together & very similar in moulding & pattern. See…
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Vive la France!

Vive la France!

Bastille Day Special… Vive la France!
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Fresh @ Moorabool

Fresh @ Moorabool

Fresh on Moorabool.com – Japanese porcelains, fine furniture, plus more!
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Fresh Stock + FREE shipping!

Fresh Stock + FREE shipping!

This week, we have some splendid Fresh Stock – and can offer FREE SHIPPING within Australia! Overseas, we can offer a seriously reduced cost of shipping. Some conditions apply – ie no furniture or large items. It’s a variety ‘Fresh Stock’ today, with a variety of silverware, from a superb quality Dutch Silver box dated 1822 (illustrated above), to a Japanese Silver Spoon with a Shogi ‘King’ chesspiece end, to some very usable serving implements. There’s more Staffordshire figures, some blue printed earthenwares, and some fine Furniture fresh to stock. Fresh Items See all Fresh Stock >>
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Fresh Stock released today!

Fresh Stock released today!

Fresh Today! Superb quality French Empire Porcelain & Bronze, New Zealand historical items, Arts & Crafts rarities, plus more!
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A Sensational Tudor Discovery

A Sensational Tudor Discovery

An Important piece of Tudor History has just been identified in Australia. A Royal piece of needlework with visual clues to authorship leads to a remarkable conclusion involving the founding of Spain, Christopher Columbus, and Henry VIII of England, with his wife Catherine of Aragon.
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2022 Melbourne Antique Fair, Malvern Town Hall

2022 Melbourne Antique Fair, Malvern Town Hall

Moorabool’s exhibiting at the 60th Antique Dealer’s Fair in Melbourne – and that’s 60 out of 60 attended! Have a look around with these photos….
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FreshDiscovery – 1751 Pastel by Perronneau, finest portraitist of his day.

FreshDiscovery – 1751 Pastel by Perronneau, finest portraitist of his day.

Regarded by the leading expert Neil Jeffares as one of the two ‘best pastel portraitists’ of the 18th century, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau (1716-1783) is rarely seen outside collections. We were very excited to find a previously unrecorded portrait in Melbourne recently. Close-up of Jeanne-Marie Mallès, aged 18. It had an inscription on the back which gave us enough clues to find the original sitter, and we were delighted to discover the signature in the top right corner: Pernooeau’s signature & the date 1751, signed in lead. There was a modern label to the back covering, with a few details – probably copied from the previous covering. From this we can…
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Arabic Wonders

Arabic Wonders

The wonders of the Middle-East have always appealed to the Western world. It has always been ‘exotic’ and associated with luxury due to the nature of the regular contact through trade. Persian rugs were the go-to for any Victorian household, and other textiles were in great demand – and expensive.  We have recently found some metalwork & ceramics that followed this route, all the way to Australia. Mostly from one Western District (Victoria) estate, they have been in Australia for generations – quite possibly since new. Australians have always been great travellers, and collectors. The nature of the passage to Australia through the Suez Canal meant constant contact with…
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18th April Fresh Stock – Greek Revival

18th April Fresh Stock – Greek Revival

A fascinating selection of ‘Greek’ inspired ceramics from the mid to late 19th century are the focus of this post – Fresh to Stock @ Moorabool. We discuss John Flaxman’s lasting legacy through ceramics.
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2022 Exhibition Preview

2022 Exhibition Preview

Moorabool’s 2022 Exhibition is currently being prepared, and will open on May 7th.While the actual goods will be on display in our Geelong premises, we realize that many of you are unable to come in person – so all items will be well documented and available for preview on moorabool.com . There will be over 300 choice pieces released. See the full Preview Page >> Below, we’ve spun you up some interactive images: turn, zoom in, take a good look. Enjoy! See the full Preview Page >>
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April 1 – Beautiful Fresh Stock

April 1 – Beautiful Fresh Stock

April 1 Today we’re releasing a flood of lovely Fresh Stock. There’s a scattering of porcelain, including Meissen, and some other highly decorative porcelains including the scarce ‘wall pockets’ modelled as birds on nests, and a sweet little pair of ‘perfume ewers’, probably Coalbrookdale, all encrusted in flowers. The selection of small little precious pieces is mainly of French origin; this is no coincidence, as the branch of the local family they came from traces its origins to a romance in France at the time of WWI: these were just the sort of thing to buy a French ‘sweetheart’, before they came back to Australia and settled down. There’s…
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23rd March ‘Fresh Stock’ – Old Sheffield Plate

23rd March ‘Fresh Stock’ – Old Sheffield Plate

A release of fine ‘Old Sheffield Plate’ items, dating to the later 18th – earlier 19th century, including a 1777 Adams design wine jug, cheese toasters, and shell-form sweetmeats – plus more!
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Fresh @ Moorabool.com – Splendid Dr Wall Worcester

Fresh @ Moorabool.com – Splendid Dr Wall Worcester

Today’s Fresh Stock includes some fine Dr Wall Worcester.
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Some Art Nouveau & Jugendstil….

Some Art Nouveau & Jugendstil….

Art Nouveau & Jugendstil styles were a ‘refresh’ of design, after the 19th century simply re-hashed Classical and Rococo style. The style is still very ‘fresh’ in its organic forms….
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17th February – Fresh @ Moorabool.com –

17th February – Fresh @ Moorabool.com –

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16th February Fresh Stock: Egyptomania

16th February Fresh Stock: Egyptomania

February 16th, 2022. Egyptian embroidery wall hanging c.1915 Watercolours depicting visits to the Middle East Today we have some items relating to our fascination with Ancient Egypt. Since Napoleon marched in and took over Egypt 1798 (and then the English kicking him out a few years later) the splendors of Egypt have captured the imagination of Western Cultures, inspiring them to create pieces in the same style – ‘Egyptomania’. There’s a wall hanging depicting Osiris sewn onto Egyptian linen, a typical souvenir for a WWI ANZAC soldier to bring back from his adventures, either stationed in Egypt or passing through on troop ships – it would squash into a…
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February 11 – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

February 11 – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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24th January – Fresh @ Moorabool.com – Staffordshire Figures

24th January – Fresh @ Moorabool.com – Staffordshire Figures

Today’s Fresh Stock includes some terrific Staffordshire Figures.
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Paris Streets & Scottish Towns: some early 19th c. Paris Porcelain Plates

Paris Streets & Scottish Towns: some early 19th c. Paris Porcelain Plates

Some fine Paris Porcelain from the early 19th century has just arrived at Moorabool – with an interesting tale to tell.
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Happy 2022!

Another year has turned over- we would like to thank you for the support in 2021, and in 2022 we have so much more to enjoy. It’s an exciting time for Moorabool, with a number of projects all coming together – including a brand-new website. We paused this over Christmas so it would not disrupt the necessary online shopping – but it’s full steam ahead now. You’ll start to notice some differences over the next little while. Have you seen our display stands? We have a range of nice hand-made Chinese stands, all natural wood. There’s also a scattering of Fresh items in the ‘Latest’ page, take a look…
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22nd December -Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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Latest Antiquities – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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11th December – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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A Fine Welsh cwpwrdd deuddarn, dated 1694

A Fine Welsh cwpwrdd deuddarn, dated 1694

This handsome large piece of early Oak furniture is sometimes called a ‘Court Cupboard’, although this should really refer to a more open version intended to display the wealth of a household for all to see. With its enclosed doors, this example fits the definition of ‘cwpwrdd deuddarn’, meaning ‘cupboard two-piece’. This literally describes their construction, in two parts, a feature that was not necessary in a construction sense, but certainly a help when being moved – speaking from practical experience! They have their origins in the Medieval period, where a large, solid cupboard would act as a safe place to stash your valuables. Housed in the main chamber….
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5th December – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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A new Spin on Antiques…

We’ve been busily working on a terrific new way of viewing our stock on Moorabool.com. You may have already noticed our photos are larger than before, and you can explore the pieces in greater detail by zooming in. While that’s a help, we have something even better to offer: Spins! Spin me – mouse or finger, both work well! And don’t forget you can zoom in…. As you’ll notice above, we can now take images from all sides and create a ‘spin’! This is perfect for turning something around to see the other side…. and you can zoom in also! The 18th century English enamel salt cellar above needs…
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1st December – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

Today’s Fresh Stock includes a variety of different quality items, such as this French Egyptian Revival desk set, circa 1880.
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Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding, an ‘Armchair Travelling-Artist’

In today’s world-wide situation, ‘Armchair Travel’ is a necessity. The difficulty in heading off on a grand tour is huge, and the likelihood of being marooned somewhere due to closed borders is high. Stick to google street view exploration for the moment! A recent discovery at Moorabool reveals the idea has been around a long time. Finely detailed and depicting an ancient ruin in a dramatic landscape, the work is signed Copley Fielding. Copley Fielding watercolour, Ruins at Delphi, circa 1820 Copley Fielding (1787-1855) was a very talented artist of the Georgian period. Born in the Midlands in 1787, he was the son of a portrait painter (Nathan Theodore…
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30th November – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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A Scottish Lord’s stunning coffee pot & a Missing Mark found – OSP discoveries

This remarkable piece of design is Old Sheffield Plate- the laboriously-constructed technique used before silver plating was invented. Roberts, Cadman & Co Old Sheffield Plate coffee pot c.1805 The simple form and lack of fussy details is a style more usually associated with the Art Deco period a century later- but here it is, in the early 19th century. This is the essence of what Art Deco later copied to great effect. Chronologically, in the evolution of the coffee pot, if you look at the earlier 18th century pieces and then the mid-19th century examples that came later, you can see what a special example this is, with its…
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25th November – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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Antiquities…. Fresh @ Moorabool.com

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23rd November – Fresh @ Moorabool.com –

23rd November – Fresh @ Moorabool.com –

November 23rd, 2021. Welcome to our ‘Fresh Stock’ update – these items are fresh to our stock , and fresh to this website. Today it’s some early Japanese Imari porcelain, a very usable pair of silver plate candlesticks, and a giant Murano glass ‘Lily’ bowl. Talk about variety! Remember, we post world-wide at the most reasonable rates. LAST POSTAGE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: Victoria – 10th December NSW / QLD / SA – 3rd December International – ASAP – overseas postage at normal rates is particularly unpredictable at the moment. We can use a superior service, such as UPS, which can have a UK/US shipment delivered within a few days…
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Rosewood: a dark beauty

Rosewood is a stunning exotic timber with a fascinating story. It is best represented in English Antique Furniture of the Regency & William IV period.
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22nd November – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

22nd November – Fresh @ Moorabool.com

November 22nd, 2021. Welcome to our ‘Fresh Stock’ update – these items are fresh to our stock , and fresh to this website. Today it’s a great selection of Rosewood items from the 19th century – featured in their own blog page here>> – plus some other interesting pieces including a variety of pottery & porcelain, from ancient times to more recent – and all very tempting price-wise for Christmas…. just a few weeks away! Remember, we post world-wide at the most reasonable rates. LAST POSTAGE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: Victoria – 10th December NSW / QLD / SA – 3rd December International – ASAP – overseas postage at normal…
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21st November Fresh @ Moorabool.com – Gearing up to Christmas!

21st November Fresh @ Moorabool.com – Gearing up to Christmas!

November 21st, 2021. Welcome to our ‘Fresh Stock’ update – these items are fresh to our stock , and fresh to this website. Today it’s a great selection of Boxes, and some lovely ceramics with flower decoration…… perfect for Christmas Presents! Note: our website is about to be completely refreshed, but is working as usual for the meantime. Remember, we post world-wide at the most reasonable rates. LAST POSTAGE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: Victoria – 10th December NSW / QLD / SA – 3rd December International – ASAP – overseas postage at normal rates is particularly unpredictable at the moment. We can use a superior service, such as UPS, which…
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16th November Fresh @ Moorabool.com

November 16th, 2021. Welcome to our ‘Fresh Stock’ update – these items are fresh to our stock , and fresh to this website. Today it’s a scattering of interesting Asian items, some smart cups & saucers, and a selection of Ancient Artifacts. All perfect Christmas Presents! Remember, we post world-wide at the most reasonable rates. LAST POSTAGE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: Victoria – 10th December NSW / QLD / SA – 3rd December International – ASAP – overseas postage at normal rates is particularly unpredictable at the moment. We can use a superior service, such as UPS, which can have a UK/US shipment delivered within a few days – but…
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A Medieval knock-off Mug!

A Medieval knock-off Mug!

We’re used to ‘rip-offs’, where popular brand shoes & sunglasses are copied & sold for a fraction the price. An interesting Medieval drinking mug just in at Moorabool is proof it has been going on forever! This interesting Medieval drinking mug recently came in to stock at Moorabool . It has all the characteristics of an English Medieval piece, well-known from the archaeological excavations of Medieval Kilns in North Yorkshire & Somerset, refuse in places like London and York. There are often thousands of stoneware shards found – and the occasional complete example – and this volume is due to their extremely robust nature. Known as ‘Stoneware’, it is…
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Stoneware Mugs: the beginning.

Having a drink at a public house seems an impossible luxury for any Melbourne people in the present covid-crazy world – we’re hoping it will be a reality by Christmas… Our lineup of early drinking mugs, fresh to moorabool.com (except for the far left example….) Meanwhile, we have a great little illustration of how you would have swilled your brew 600 years ago…. and for the first time on moorabool.com, you will be able to ‘virtually’ turn the illustrations around in your hand! Did you find the secret to viewing the above image? These are ‘spins’, a method of presenting 360º views of items via your browser. You’ll find…
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Curated Collections

We’re pleased to announce a new way of browsing our vast stock on moorabool.com: Curated Collections. These small groups of complimentary items will illustrate an idea, such as a maker, period or technique. Or even just a group of pieces that go well together – as we say, they ‘speak the same language’…. Children’s Mugs from the early 19th century These will appear on our home page, moorabool.com ( on the far right column, next to ‘news’) – and will only remain for a limited time, to be replaced by different collections. With over 10,000 items to choose from, the possibilities are endless! In a way, these are ‘mini-exhibitions’….
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A Quality Deskset

A Quality Deskset

Within this embossed velvet box lies a supreme quality desk-set. Engraved & Gilt Desk Set, attributed to Mosley, London, c.1860 Of superior quality, this set is made to impress. From the shape of the letter-opener and the detail of the engraving, it was ‘exotic’, reflecting the riches of the Eastern cultures – it would not have been out of place in the courts of Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. But clearly, this example was made in the second half of the 19th century. Engraved & Gilt Desk Set, Mosley London c.1860 The clue to who, when & where is found on the…
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Wine Antiques – Stylish Imbibing!

Wine Antiques – Stylish Imbibing!

Wine has always been a part of an English gentleman’s meal. In the past it was considered safer to drink than the water…. and to do so with style was important. Glasses were once pretty basic, but as the Georgian period continued, they became works of art. So too did the presentation of the beverages; wine accessories such as decanters, silver plaques with the names of the drinks, and coasters became a necessity at any refined table. The ultimate recently ‘rolled’ through our door; a wheeled cart to transport two full decanters down the table with ease! Old Sheffield Plate Wine Wagon (with later decanters) c.1820 This piece is…
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Ancient Ingenuity

Ancient Ingenuity

Our ancestors were just as bright as us! We often underestimate our distant ancestors, but some of the pots in today’s fresh stock release show clearly an ingenuity familiar with our own 5,000 years later. The pieces are from the Neolithic period in China, the time when foraging for survival was replaced by a more sophisticated & settled life. At this time, on the fertile plains of the Yellow River in modern-day China, settlements have become permanent, crops are being propagated, and while metal working is not yet evident, pottery is being made – although the wheel has not yet been invented. The pottery is therefore made using a…
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‘Darwin’s’ Water Lily, by Wedgwood, 1806

‘Darwin’s’ Water Lily, by Wedgwood, 1806

The ‘Water Lily’ is the boldest & most beautiful pattern Wedgwood produced in the early 19th century. Why is it called ‘Darwin’s’? And who designed it? The answer is fascinating!
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Buckles for a Dandy…. or a Judge!

Buckles for a Dandy…. or a Judge!

Some delightful shoe buckles we have for you – choose Scottish, Dandy, or Judge! (Or could there be a Scottish Dandy Judge out there somewhere, for whom we have one for every occasion….)
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Row your Boat – Local Regatta Trophies 1879-81

Row your Boat – Local Regatta Trophies 1879-81

A Row about Rowing! This group of silverplate trophies are an interesting insight into the origin of Australian’s obsession with Sporting Events, which were used as a means of bringing the newly established colonial communities together and giving them a sense of ‘Pride of Place’ that is still very active today. Moorabool recently discovered this trio of interesting local trophies, all won by a Mr R. D. Booth, Banks Club. The first (on the right, above) is an elaborate fine-quality piece of English electroplate, engraved with fruiting vine & with handles dripping with grapes – a curious choice for the prize for the 1879 Colac Regatta. Most probably, it…
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A golden Japanese Zogan purse, c.1920

A golden Japanese Zogan purse, c.1920

A Japanese Goldsmith’s Masterpiece As the world watches the competition for Olympic Gold in Tokyo, we have a 100-year-old masterpieces of Japanese goldsmith’s work to share. We were stunned when this small yet precious object walked into our shop recently. While we have had similar before, they inevitably are plain on the inside – often just with an empty space for cigarettes. This one is special: on opening, we see a place for a few of the required cigarettes – but inhabiting the other side is everything you need for an outing: this case is an all-in-one ‘evening bag’! The mirror opens up to reveal a compartment with an…
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A Box or Two….

A Box or Two….

Some fascinating ancient boxes, just released on Moorabool.com We’re pleased to offer a small selection of South-East Asian ceramic boxes, fresh to Moorabool.com. These pottery and porcelain objects were produced in vast quantities in certain places as trade goods, and as a result are found all across South-East Asia. Khmer bird pot, 12th century The earliest we have are the Khmer examples, with one delightfully shaped like a small plump bird; his beak and eyes protrude from one side, balanced by a tail at the rear. A small conical cap to the top is almost a miniature Buddhist stupa…. Song Dynasty Qingbai, 13th century Equal date is the amazing…
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The Prince Rupert casket

The Prince Rupert casket

A fascinating recent discovery was this stunning little casket, or tea caddy. It has a terrific tale to tell, and even has a link to a great name in English ceramics, John Dwight of Fulham. Prince Rupert of the Rhine, by John Dwight of Fulham, c. 1678 Made from a golden toned oak, it has elaborate sterling silver mounts of 17th century design. Inside, it has been lined with a tin/lead foil, a method used in tea caddies to ensure fresh tea. Casket with Sterling SIlver Mountsmade from timber from ‘Prince Rupert’s Cottage’the sterling mounts apparently 17th/ early 18th centuryThe interior lined See this remarkable box here, in our…
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The Begining: a Saint Cloud salt, circa 1700

The Begining: a Saint Cloud salt, circa 1700

We are always fascinated by the origins of things…. when and where did it all begin? In the porcelain world, it was of course China, around 1,000 years ago. This was so foreign and magical to the Europeans that pieces which made the perilous journey across the globe were only affordable by the most wealthy, being far more valuable than gold. This all changed as the lure of such riches led to experimentation, and the first instance of a European porcelain body appears in the Medici courts in the 16th century, bankrolled by Francesco I; today, only 70 pieces have been identified, and the enterprise was a dead-end. An…
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John Rosenberg, 1938-2020

John Rosenberg, 1938-2020

John Rosenberg with his first ‘Antique’ – a Staffordshire spill, purchased around 1950! With sadness we note the passing of John Rosenberg, founder of Moorabool Antiques, after a short illness on Friday 19th June. He went to his first auction aged 7, with his Grandmother. This was at ‘Kerleys Auctions’, Geelong; Aged 80, he was still buying, and went along to Kerley’s last-ever Auction before they closed down early 2020. This was also to be his last auction, as the sudden appearance of cancer took his strength. We’ll have much more to share on this in the near future; if you have any memories of John (which we could…
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April 2020.

April 2020.

Moorabool has some important news regarding John….
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Take Care out there….

Take Care out there….

Take Care….. we’re still here, behind the scenes….
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A Vienna ‘Harvester’ Re-united

A Vienna ‘Harvester’ Re-united

Moorabool is often a place of meeting, both for people who enjoy Antiques – and for the Antiques themselves! We have occasionally been guilty of ‘match-making’ in the Antique world, discovering pieces that were quite literally made to be together…. but somehow became separated. It’s a thrill to re-unite pieces. Ready for the harvest…..? In today’s ‘Premium Fresh’ there is a rather sweet Vienna figure of a lady. Very early, she is circa 1755, and her costume is very distinct – very well dressed – and yet she carries a sickle and bundle of wheat. There’s more wheat behind her waiting to be cut; clearly she is a ‘Harvester’…
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A Victorious Italian Madonna, dated 1619

A Victorious Italian Madonna, dated 1619

A fascinating fresh item at Moorabool is this tinglaze plaque – inscribed & dated ‘Della Vittoria / 1619’. It depicts a Madonna and Child, with her arm supporting a spear/staff from which flutters a banner with a cross. A depiction of a crowned Madonna & Child, set in a wall in the village of Sommana, north of Naples. These plaques are a common sight in the Mediterranean countries, in shrines on country roads and on building facades in the towns. Private houses have them inside their walls as a sort of ‘private chapel’. Some where no doubt painted in oils, but the tinglaze pottery panels were the perfect medium…
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Delft….and delft. What’s the difference?

Delft….and delft. What’s the difference?

They are both tinglaze- but did you know there is a difference between ‘Delft’ and ‘delft’…. ? ‘Tinglaze’ describes the pottery products with a thick lead glaze containing an opaque white made from the oxide of tin. The result is the body of coarse buff-coloured pottery is covered with a pleasing glossy white, similar to porcelain. When decorated with colours, the results could be spectacular – but unlike the enamels on porcelain, the colours on tinglaze embed themselves into the thick tin oxide /lead glaze, giving them a distinct appearance we sometimes refer to as ‘inglaze’. This is a quick, single-pass process, as the colours soak into the chalk-like…
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17th Century Cutlery

17th Century Cutlery

Solid silver miniature sculptures….. Rarely seen, these solid silver handles are sculptural works of art. They are Dutch, date to the mid-17th century, and have a fascinating lineage we can trace back to Renaissance Italy and the collections of the Dutch master Rembrandt himself. St George & the Dragon… see it here>> “Fingers were made before Forks” is an old English saying often used to justify eating with one’s fingers. It’s also the truth – for most people. When you look at the art of the middle ages, you’ll often see the peasants in a Brugel tavern scene just shoving the food in. Detail from painting by PIETER BRUEGHEL…
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17th century Boxes

17th century Boxes

Amongst the early English Oak in this week’s ‘Premium’ furniture release are some ‘Bible Boxes’. These are simple products, the side planks merely overlapping and secured with a peg or nail- no fancy dovetail joins. As their name suggests, they were the perfect place to keep your large leather-clad Bible safe from being destroyed by rodents…. but also useful for anything else that might need storing, being kept safe by a basic lock & key from larger pests! They acted as a bit of a hold-all, a way of instantly cleaning up by opening the flap & stashing items out of sight. You could use them for your leather…
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Zangzhou Ceramics, Ming Dynasty

Zangzhou Ceramics, Ming Dynasty

Formerly known as Swatow Wares…. A selection of Zangzhou pieces, either from the Binh Thuan wreck (1608) or of the exact type recovered from it in 2002. Zangzhou (Changchow) is a major production centre for this type of distinct porcelain body, and appears to have been focused on the export market to South-East Asia in the 16th-17th century. Older literature discusses them as ‘Swatow’ or  ‘Provincial’ Ming, but excavations in the 1950’s in Fujian Provence located numerous ceramic production centres, with Zangzhou on the Jiulong River giving the name to this category of ceramics. The wares are varied, with blue & white, celadon, and polychrome enamels all appearing. The…
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A connection with our earliest settlers…. and a formidable female farmer!

A connection with our earliest settlers…. and a formidable female farmer!

Old Sheffield Plate teapot with gadrooned half body and gadroon & leaf border, wooden handle, circa 1835.         Re-purposed in 1929 as a cattle Trophy Prize for the Royal Melbourne Show, inscribed as follows; THE FRANK REYNOLDS MEMORIAL TROPHY / presented by AUSTRALIAN HEREFORD SOCIETY / best pair of yearling Bulls, MELBOURNE ROYAL SHOW 1929 / won by Mrs J BIDDLECOMBE / Golf Hill Royal Standard, Golf Hill Royal Sceptre. [yith_wc_productslider id=”57794″ z_index=””] Mrs Janet Biddlecombe (1867-1954) was the daughter of George Russell, the well known settler who was one of the earliest in Victoria, claiming his ‘squat’ at Shelford (just north of Geelong) in 1836…
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Indian ‘Alabaster’ …?

Indian ‘Alabaster’ …?

‘Alabaster’ has always been the term used by us Antique dealers to describe any translucent, whitish stone…. but have we been mis-labeling it? Sometimes, different industries have different terms for the same thing; I remember arguing with a floor-tile salesman, who insisted that with tiles, ‘ceramic’ was not the same as ‘porcelain’, something I still cannot get my head around, as porcelain is surely a variety of ceramic!  It seems we have the same issue with ‘Alabaster’.  The term is used by geologists to describe just one type of mineral – Gypsum. This is a soft material, ie you can scratch it with your fingernail – great for quickly…
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Swedish Royalty!

Swedish Royalty!

Us Rosenbergs always joked about having Scandinavian Royal blood – my Grandfather came from Sweden, and in the heart of Copenhagen there’s ‘Rosenborg Castle’, full of wonderful treasures such as the Crown Jewels and lots of Meissen porcelain. On visiting a few years ago, my father John enquired if family members got free entry; no humour was detected in reply! Perhaps the closest we will get was found in Geelong recently, a small silver case of Swedish silver, with a series of Swedish inscriptions that pinpoint it to the Swedish royal family! The engraved clues begin with a 5-pointed coronet crown, an arm with sword beneath, then the date…
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War of the Roses

War of the Roses

An interesting case of re-attribution. Ridgway jug c.1820 – close to our example We had a fine couple of Imari pieces put out in a recent ‘Fresh Stock Tuesday’ release, catalogued as Ridgway. Thanks to a keen collector online, and their nicely worded email (“I think there might be a mistake….”) – we now have a re-attribution, and an interesting story to go with it. Our attribution came via the jug, which shares the pattern & pattern number mark with a sucrier. Slight differences in the pattern suggest different hands – probably different years – but both collected by the same Australian collector, who had an eye for lush Imari. Coalport…
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Mary, Mary, quite Contrary….

Mary, Mary, quite Contrary….

A serious piece of British History has surfaced in Australia…. or has it? In our current Exhibition is a remarkable discovery: a ‘Nottingham Alabaster’ carved figure of a Lady at prayer, a small dog at her side. The costume is superbly detailed, and allows us to date it firmly within the Elizabethan period, mid-16th century. A colleague joked ‘it’s Mary, Queen of Scots – with her dog’ – and so, a chain of research was started, with a startling conclusion. Mary, Queen of Scots was one of English history’s great tragedies. Imprisoned by her half sister, her story is full of intrigue and mystery until her beheadal in 1587….
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Great (Exhibition) Expectations

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 mid 19th century. Our possible attribution was Copeland…. circa 1870…. one of many similar makers of bone china in the 19th century. But as unmarked pieces, it would take a miracle to attribute them firmly.  One day, their origin literally left out at me – on the front cover of a newly acquired book…
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2019 Exhibition, opened 5th October

2019 Exhibition, opened 5th October

It’s Exhibition time again at Moorabool Antiques – time to showcase our recent exciting finds with a display & sale of over 500 exciting items. From a lovely pair of 18th century ‘dummy boards’ – almost life-size – to a dazzling array of Ceramics, there’s a huge variety of items to be seen. Our local purchases included a remarkable collection of late 18th / early 19th century English pottery of all descriptions, a collection of coffee cans, ditto spill vases, and a large number of early 19th century English porcelain pieces. We’re particularly struck by the beauty of the ‘Dry Bodies’, a group of feldspathic stonewares which have incredible…
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Mechi’s amazing Emporium

Mechi’s amazing Emporium

Victorian Entrepreneur  John Joseph Mechi (1802-80) was born in London, the city of opportunity – and his story shows all the ups & downs in the life of an entrepreneur. As suggested by his name, his father was Italian, and employed in the household of George III, marrying a local girl. He claimed connections with Italian Royalty, but his position in court was… a court barber! It seems young John grew up with these high aspirations, something that comes through in his flamboyant adverts: ‘Mechi …. greatly improves the personal appearance of the community, by means of his extraordinary Razors….  ‘ His intended audience is also obvious: ‘…Captains, Military, and…
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Review: “Worcester Porcelain – Two Australian Collections”

Review: “Worcester Porcelain – Two Australian Collections”

2016 publication, hardback, 208 pages, 171 items illustrated in full colour This quality 2016 book on 18th century British porcelain has a surprising local origin in Australia. The authors are regulars to any local sales or shops with a hint of Worcester porcelain in Australia, and overseas as well; the result is to be seen in this book – a combined collection which illustrates superbly the origins,  mastery, and continuation of the Worcester factory’s products, from the 1750’s origins into the 1830’s.   There’s 171 items beautifully photographed, with a useful appendix with visual references to any marks the pieces have. For any dealer or collector, these marks are…
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Radioactive Collectibles! 

Radioactive Collectibles! 

Yes, these pieces are so radioactive they glow! With the help of a ‘black light’ Ultraviolet torch, these innocent yellow pieces with the whitish ‘Vaseline’ finish really put on a show. But no need to be alarmed – the radiation they emit is a tiny fraction of a percent of our everyday experience, where the sky, the ground, and the items we interact with emit some degree of radiation. It’s just that these ‘Uranium Glass’ pieces are so pretty! As a result, they’re well collected. Originally, Uranium was a curious mineral, often a bi-product of metal mining and with no real use. Glass blowers found it gave a tint…
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Australiana?  Not Quite!

Australiana? Not Quite!

This interesting unsigned watercolour was an exciting recent purchase from a local estate. Exciting, because my imagination ran wild… I could see: Colonial period ships. Rather dark people standing up in a ‘canoe’… The tree so prominently featured looks just like a large Eucalypt specimen, as depicted by early colonial artists. On the left are a whole row of large, dead trees, birds circling above. The lack of any town or development, with large ships close to shore. A Georgian building typical of early Colonial Australia…. Was this an exciting discovery, an early view of the Hawkesbury River, or Tasmania, or somewhere in Sydney Harbour perhaps? Closer examination was clearly…
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John turns 80!

John turns 80!

A special milestone occurred this week, with John Rosenberg, founder of Moorabool Antiques, turning 80. Back in the 1950’s, a young John Rosenberg could have never believed he would be proprietor of a business such as Moorabool was to become. His first purchase at the age of 12 was a Staffordshire Swan Inkwell – still treasured to this day! He haunted the few places in Geelong that had Antiques, and from their owners began to learn the vast amount there is to know about the past – something he is still pursuing every day of late, pouring through our reference books for the more obscure patterns & shapes contained…
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Machin & Potts… a detective tale

Machin & Potts… a detective tale

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 items that have come in. This jug has a very similar example illustrated in the book ‘British Jugs’, marked for a Staffordshire company called Goodwin. Bridgewood & Harris. Case closed, maker identified…? not so fast! There’s another example, in our collection, which bears an uncanny resemblance, although in porcelain rather than in pottery. Many…
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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. David Boyd (1924-2011) was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria, the third son of Merric and Doris Boyd. He met Hermia when she was decorating pots for his brother Guy Boyd in his Sydney studio. Married in 1948, they headed over to London in 1950, where they potted & painted for the next 5 years. After returning to Australia for a few years, they were off to Europe again…
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Sir John Franklin portrait discovery, c.1828

Sir John Franklin portrait discovery, c.1828

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 avoided being dammed, an electorate,  plus his splendid statue in the middle of a fountain in Hobart. This silhouette is a majorly important piece, being a very personal depiction for which he would have had to sit; a frontal painted portrait could be mocked up from a printed image, and often was of famous people…
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Lest We Forget:  Anzac memories

Lest We Forget: Anzac memories

Today is an important one in Australia; the 25th of April 1915 was a ‘coming of age’, the first military action as an independent dominion. While the troops of the young nation didn’t achieve what they set out to do, and 8,709 didn’t return, it resulted in a sense of pride in those who did return with tales of valor and mateship. Even in the midst of the military disaster it turned out to be, a sense of being ‘Australian’ arose. Although the last of the troops who served at Gallipoli have passed on, all around Australia the younger generations gather at dawn, remembering the sacrifice and bravery of past…
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A Ming Dynasty Dragon roof tile, 16th – 17th century

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

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.   Many different ‘characters’ appear as roof tile figures, each with a symbolic purpose. Our Dragon is actually a water dragon, and he would have been the chief character in a whole line of little figures down the crest of the roof junction. He was given this position due to his ‘wet’ nature: he would ensure protection from fire for the wooden building beneath.     A very familiar installation of a similar dragon is in the Forbidden City in Beijing. On…
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A scroll with a tale; an Ethiopian Coptic Scroll brought back from the Abyssinia Expedition, 1868

A scroll with a tale; an Ethiopian Coptic Scroll brought back from the Abyssinia Expedition, 1868

An interesting recent arrival at Moorabool is literally Magic….. This curious artefact came from an elderly local lady, who challenged me: ‘I bet you don’t know what this is’ and was amazed at my guess of an Ethiopian magic scroll. I had never held one, but knew of them. She went on to explain how an ancestor had taken part in the Abyssinia Expedition and brought it back with him in a tin. The family had kept it as a curio; now she was the last of her family, with no-one to pass it on to. The ancestor was a British Army captain, and was one of the 13,000 British…
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Welcome!

Welcome to the all-new Moorabool Antiques home on the web. We have been busily preparing since the start of the year, and are pleased to introduce our new site. It’s been designed to make browsing our immense stock a pleasure for you, our online customers. Right from the front page, you’ll find lots of different experiences – but hopefully familiar to regular visitors from our last site…. only Better and Easier! We now have a logical menu populated with all the different groups of stock, allowing you to find your are of interest and see what we have to offer. A new ‘search’ method is in place, far superior…
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Samuel Alcock

Samuel Alcock

There’s a certain style that defines the late Regency and early Victorian era, when the designers looked beyond the classically inspired Regency designs and re-visited the curves and flourishes of the Rococo.  One manufacturer who excelled at this was Samuel Alcock. He began his own production of pottery in 1828 at Cobridge, and opened another works at the Hill Top Works in Burslem, which he took over from Riley. Some time in the 1830’s he began to manufacture porcelain as well as pottery, and went on to produce a wide variety of pieces decorated by printing, painting, and elaborately applied 3d flowers. The porcelain is a beautiful bone china
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The Boyd Chess set; a unique joint production by David & Hermia Boyd

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

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 starting home for the various pieces. This is fired in a wonderfully mottled ‘aged’ glaze. The pieces are the work of Hermia Boyd, and each has powerful character; even the pawns are individual in features. They echo the famous ‘Lewis Chessmen’, which date to the Anglo-Saxon period and are on display in the British…
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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 was purchased from us by a local collector of refined taste; now it is being offered as he disposes of his collection due to ill-health. Over the years he has sold most of his other special pieces, but this was his favorite which he kept until the end….. [foogallery id=”730″] Provenance. When it was…
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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. The subject was chosen by him, and reflects his military career. Each piece has a different rendition of ‘Hope’ with her anchor, with a ship in the background. He had joined the Royal Navy in his youth, serving in North America and the Caribbean under Nelson. Nicknamed the ‘Sailor King’ when he came to the throne, it is little wonder he…
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Stunning Sèvres discovery, by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (l’âiné), 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, goblet et soucoup enfoncé, premiere grandeur , superbly painted by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (aîné), with four panels of birds in landscapes, framed within rich tooled gold borders against a ground of blue and gold oeil-de-perdrix on a pink ground. Crossed ‘L’s’ mark, also date letter ‘M’ for 1765, ‘cp’ for artist Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (aîné), incised…
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The Sulkowski Charger -purchased by the NGV

We have found a number of outstanding items over the years, and many of these have left Australia for distant shores. It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the acquisition of our latest ‘Great Find’, the Sulkowski Charger, by our very local  National Gallery of Victoria. This is a large piece of porcelain, measuring 34.5cm across. It isn’t the largest from the service – there appears to be two sizes larger again – but it is an impressive piece, perfectly displaying the large & showy armorial device. It is this coat of arms that makes this so important; experts regard it as the earliest large-scale commission from the…
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A First-Fleet connected Worcester Porcelain Discovery

For Australians, the First Fleet is the beginning of western culture and the foundation of our present society. Items connected with this remarkable period in Australia’s history are understandably scarce. Moorabool is very excited to have a fresh discovery with direct connections to Australia’s founding. One of the most fascinating tales that can be told about  Australia is that of the founding of the British colony in 1788. Items connected to this event are extremely scarce. From a ceramic historian’s perspective, there is the remarkable Sydney Cove medallion, made by Josiah Wedgwood from clay sent back from Australia by Governor Phillip in November 1788. Phillip wrote back in July 1790, noting ‘ I…
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An Important Swansea plate with Welsh subject, newly discovered….

An Important fresh discovery: Swansea Porcelain plate painted by Thomas Baxter with a Welsh subject, circa 1818   Produced for just a few short years in the early 19th century, Welsh porcelain is a rarity in the collecting world, and Welsh porcelain with Welsh subjects is almost unheard of. Add to this the name of the artist Thomas Baxter, considered to be the best of his time, and the result is simply stunning. This is ‘The Bard’, a dramatic Swansea porcelain plate painted by Baxter, with a fascinating tale to tell. Baxter is well known for his beautiful shell still-life pieces of shells or flowers. In such pieces he uses a similar format…
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From the Dawn of porcelain production in Europe….

……the 1st and the 2nd to exist in Europe……
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A Yellow Sévres new discovery, 1788

A colourful Sévres coffee can & saucer has a fascinating tale to tell, and is an as-yet unpublished clue that helps to identify a under-appreciated Sévres artist.     The cup & saucer  – a ‘gobelet litron’, third size – is a stunning yellow colour, with a finely painted blue continuous landscape in blue that seems to float on the thick yellow ground. There is a border of dainty colourful scrolling foliage, and in the centre of the saucer, a pinwheel device almost like a target. It’s fully marked to both pieces, and being unusual – and knowing the way Sévres was so often copied and outside-decorated – a full examination…
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It’s a funny thing….

Imagine… pre-TV, pre- internet, the family gathering around the piano to sing a jolly funny song about a friar that liked to drink a lot. What fun we miss out on these days!
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A Valentines Curio from the South Seas….

…a tale that leads to one of the remarkable stories of exploration in the mid-18th century…..
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A Remarkable Discovery

Once in a lifetime, the rarest objects suprise us by turning up in our own back yard. There’s ‘rare’ and then there’s ‘supremely rare’. The bottles here belong to the ‘Supremely Rare’ catagory. Brought in to Moorabool Antiques by a local gent, they were family pieces, handed down through several generations with origins in Holland, and the Dutch East Indies Company. These wine bottles are of typical mid-17th century form, although in a vivid emerald green colour rather than the more often-seen deep black/green. My assessment was: nice early pieces, a few thousand dollars worth. But something was nagging the back of my mind; looking back through some photos taken at the…
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A Tournai Bacchus group, c.1765

A Large Tournai figure of Bacchus & his merry band, Circa 1765. Measuring almost 40cm high, this is a very large piece of 18th century porcelain. Modelled in the round, it was intended as a table-piece, to be placed in the center of the table. Bacchus sits astride a barrel raising his cup, accompanied by several cherubs….. rather young to be drinking! One is raising a small glass, while the other is filling a bottle from the bung of the barrel. Moving around the figure, there is a semi-clad woman with a basket of pears….. what her significance is I am not sure, but she doesn’t appear to have a…
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Exhibition Action

Exhibition Action! Moorabool is getting ready for an amazing 2015, begining with our ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition. With over 500 fresh items, this is an event not to miss. Over the next few weeks, we will post a number of ‘previews’ of special items on this page – starting with the enamel snuff box shown above. Perfectly fitting in to your hand, it is a scallop sell form; what makes it exceptional is that rather than the usual English or French enamel we are used to seeing, this is a rare Chinese piece from circa 1760. Many more special items to be featured, remember to drop back – or join…
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Back in Geelong…..

We’re back from the Sydney fair, and gradually returning to normal. The 2014 Sydney AAADA Fair was a super-busy time, with terrific crowds. We had satisfying sales, with many fine pieces finding new homes. Mars & a Maiden….. both circa 1770, the Maiden is Hoscht (Germany), while Mars is Derby (England). She has found a new owner in Sydney….. while Mars has returned to Geelong. If you were thinking of coming to see us, now would be a great time.
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Last day in Sydney!

…last chance to see our Sydney show today….
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Sydney Antique Fair 2014

….come & see us at the 2014 AAADA fair in Sydney, 27-31st August 2014….
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The Ceramics Library

The Ceramics Library

Did you know the Reference Library in our Geelong premises is available for anyone to visit & use in shop hours? We recently clocked over 1,500 books on ceramics & glass….. with so many books, we have most categories of Antique Ceramics covered.   And more importantly, there are over 2,000 pieces of pottery & porcelain, which act as a comparative library: used to compare to ‘unknown pieces, the documented Reference Library pieces allow a direct comparison, and therefore an opinion to be formed on any unknown pieces. This is the core of our profession; examples along with documentation mean we can be certain of what we sell. This…
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2014 Sydney Antiques Fair

…the 2014 AAADA for Sydney is almost here….
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Year of the Horse

Welcome to 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse     [foogallery id=”105″]
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A new Spin on Antiques…

We’ve been busily working on a terrific new way of viewing our stock on Moorabool.com. You may have already noticed...
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December 1st Fresh Stock

December 1st Fresh Stock

With Christmas fast approaching we have some great gift ideas for everyone. Moorabool has been selling Antiques as Christmas Gifts...
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Fresh Stock – Variety…

Fresh Stock – Variety…

There’s an influx of interesting Fresh pieces to browse, released today. We’ll have a lot more going on over the...
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Asian Special – Fine Japanese Antiques

Asian Special – Fine Japanese Antiques

This stunning cabinet is known as a Shodana, and is seen here being used as intended - it's a 'curio...
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A Chinese Musical Ensemble

A Chinese Musical Ensemble

A rare folio of large Qing Dynasty paintings depict Chinese Musical instruments. Painted in Canton circa 1800-30, they are a...
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Asian Special – Chinese Ceramics

Asian Special – Chinese Ceramics

Chinese Ceramics, fresh to the website, including notable Ming Dynasty porcelain - and some excellent Chinese Hardwood cabinets to display...
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Fresh Stock

Fresh Stock

Royal Worcester Fresh to stock are two pieces of Royal Worcester, beautifully hand-painted, one by James Stinton with pheasants, the...
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Fresh Stock – Dutch Delft, Pocketknives, great Variety!

Fresh Stock – Dutch Delft, Pocketknives, great Variety!

An interesting selection of items, just freshly released. With Christmas coming up fast, there's a lot of items that would...
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Fresh Stock – Artworks, Georgian Furniture, Silver, Glass & more!

Fresh Stock – Artworks, Georgian Furniture, Silver, Glass & more!

Our latest Fresh Stock on Moorabool.com includes a terrific variety of fine items - including some Sterling Silver rarities, usable...
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October 7th – Fresh Stock, some fine quality.

October 7th – Fresh Stock, some fine quality.

Fresh Stock - we have some excellent Georgian Furniture, Delft Pottery, and Saltglaze…. A quality group of Fresh items.
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Fresh! Variety & Value….

Fresh! Variety & Value….

Welcome to our first Fresh Stock for October 2022.Today, we have a great variety to offer, from Furniture to Children's...
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Fresh stock, mid- September

Fresh stock, mid- September

We have a lot of Fresh Stock to share with you! Pewter. There's a charm to this mellow, often battered...
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Fresh for Spring!

Fresh for Spring!

Welcome to our Fresh stock - on the First Day of Spring (for us Southerners!). What better way to welcome...
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The Death of Nelson

The Death of Nelson

Trafalgar, 1805:It was a tragedy of heroic proportions: the battle with the French was won, but the admiral responsible, Nelson,...
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Father’s Day 2022

Father’s Day 2022

Looking for a present for Father's Day? Here's a selection of splendid ideas, hand-picked by our well experienced present-givers !
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Fresh stock – Fantastic Variety

Fresh stock – Fantastic Variety

Today we have a big variety - from an almost life-size alabaster bust, to some fresh furniture, antiquities, 'seaside' souvenirs,...
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Fresh Today – Antiquities, Staffordshire Figures, Georgian Cutlery, plus more!

Fresh Today – Antiquities, Staffordshire Figures, Georgian Cutlery, plus more!

Fresh to Moorabool.com - Antiquities, Staffordshire Figures, Georgian Silver Cutlery - plus more!
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Fresh Stock – Fine Continental and English Ceramics

Fresh Stock – Fine Continental and English Ceramics

A selection of Vienna, Meissen, Sevres and other finely decorated ceramics for your perusal! Mainly 18th century, you'll find Bow,...
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Antiquities – Recent Additions

Antiquities – Recent Additions

Ancient Bronzes & Ceramics from Rome, Egypt, Celtic, & Chinese feature in this Fresh Stock release. You'll find some fascinating...
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Fresh Stock! Blue + White, Staffordshire, Chinese….

Fresh Stock! Blue + White, Staffordshire, Chinese….

Welcome to our June 20th Fresh Stock. Today, there's a fine selection to browse, mostly pottery but with a few...
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Vive la France!

Vive la France!

Bastille Day Special... Vive la France!
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