ARTHUR MERRIC BOYD POTTERYNeil DOUGLASJohn PERCEVAL, Plate with kangaroos, lyrebirds and ferns Enlarge 1 /1

ARTHUR MERRIC BOYD POTTERY

Australia commenced 1944 – 1962

manufacturer (organisation)

Neil DOUGLAS

New Zealand 1911 – Nhill, Victoria, Australia 2003

decorator

  • Australia c. 1912

John PERCEVAL

Bruce Rock, Western Australia, Australia 1923 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2000

potter

  • England 1963-65

Plate with kangaroos, lyrebirds and ferns [Original purchase list gave title "Large bowl: Kangaroos and lyrebirds in bush"] 1951 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, plates earthenware, earthenware, painted and glazed

Primary Insc: Signed and dated, incised on base "A M BOYD POTTER/ AUSTRALIA/ Neil Douglas/ Perceval/ 1951".
Dimensions: 6.7 h 45.4 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1974
Accession No: NGA 74.285

In 1944 the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery was founded at Murrumbeena, Victoria. With artists such as Neil Douglas, it produced domestic pottery with energetic painted decoration of Australian landscape, fauna, flora and designs imitating Aboriginal art. Douglas’ work in particular expressed an early concern for the importance of the conservation of Australia’s natural environment.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra