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Marina SHAW

Perth, Western Australia, Australia 1903 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1996


Cup and saucer c.1944 Description: Aboriginal motifs
Place made: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, cups saucers, porcelain blank with painted overglaze enamel

Primary Insc: Painted on base of cup over glaze: 'Inspired by Aus. ABORIGINAL ART/Handpainted Marina Shaw, WA, 1944'; Printed on base of cup and saucer : 'OPALINE/ART CHINA/SPECIALLY PREPARED/FOR CHINA PAINTING/MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA'
Dimensions: a) & b) 7.1 h x 13.8 w cm a) 6.5 h x 9.6 w cm b) 2.5 h x 13.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.2384.1.A-B

The visual language of Aboriginal art began to interest potters and textile designers from the 1930s. Symbols and ornamentation were borrowed freely and reinterpreted in the fashionable modern geometric style of the period. Marina Shaw’s cup and saucer shows how the genteel art of china painting could introduce the notion of indigenous art to the suburban interior.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra