Waratah, New South Wales, Australia 1893 – Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia 1967
13 May, 1893 – 7 April, 1967
[Model of a koala bear] 1938
Lawson, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, hand-modelled earthenware, glazed
Australia's fauna, particularly its unique marsupials, was co-opted into the service of Federation by numerous artists, sculptors and designers. The earnest seriousness of these depictions in the early years of the century gave way, from the 1920s, to naturalistic interpretations of these animals, often emphasising their quirkier characteristics, as in Koala bears 1938 by the potter John Castle-Harris, who was known for his exuberant ceramic menagerie.
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