Quality pair of Australian Emu Eggs, Aboriginals, Koala, Kangaroo, Advance Australia, c. 1936
Pair of remarkable Australian Emu Eggs, superbly carved with four main panels and six smaller roundels, the larger being;
Heart of Australia / Advance Australia
Australia Years Ago / Australia Today
including Aboriginal figures and implements,
the smaller including two kookaburras, ‘O’possum’, ‘Lyre Bird’, Koala ‘Native Bear’, and the Melbourne cup winner ‘Marabou’,
the two main panels with a small heart shape deeper carving, one of a kangaroo and emu, the other a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Set on a period blackwood stand custom made for them,
stand 28cm wide, 21cm high. Each egg 13×9.5cm
One excellent, the other with restored damages to the very top section
The family tradition for these pieces was that they were presented as a gift to a bank manager on the occasion of his move from Gippsland to Geelong.
The Sydney Harbour bridge is shown in its completed post-1932 form, and as the family moved circa 1936, a date of 1936 appears accurate. The horse ‘Marbou’ won the Melbourne Cup in November 1935, and so would have been ‘current news’.