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On display on Level 1

John SKEAPING

South Woodford, Essex, United Kingdom 1901 – 1980

designer

WEDGWOOD & CO., ETRURIA, STAFFORDSHIRE (EST. C.1769)

Great Britain commenced 1769

manufacturer (organisation)

Kangaroo c1927 Place made: Staffordshire, England
Creation Notes: designed 1927
Materials & Technique: ceramics, glazed earthenware earthenware: slipcast and glazed

Primary Insc: impressed mark on edge of plinth: "J SKEAPING, WEDGWOOD"; printed manufacturer's mark under base: WEDGWOOD/ETRURIA ENGLAND/MADE IN ENGLAND"
Dimensions: 22.8 h x 25.5 w x 8.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 79.2145
Subject: Australia, Animal: Kangaroo

This kangaroo figure was one of a series of 14 animal figures modelled by the sculptor John Skeaping for production by Wedgwood. Skeaping designed the figure after observing the animal in London’s Regents Park Zoo, abstracting its form into the fashionable angular and simple modern design style of the late 1920s. The figure was produced from 1928 to 1939 by Wedgwood in a range of its glaze colours and created interest in Australian fauna as a subject for applied arts.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design