HOFFMAN BRICK COMPANYMELROSE AUSTRALIAN WARE, Box Enlarge 1 /1

HOFFMAN BRICK COMPANY

Brunswick, Victoria, Australia commenced 1870

(organisation)

MELROSE AUSTRALIAN WARE

Brunswick, Victoria, Australia commenced 1870 – 1946

(organisation)

Box (c.1935) Description: Box [a] with lid [b] | having a cicada as a knob | rectangular, straight sided
Place made: Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, earthenware, earthenware Place Published: Brunswick, Victoria

Primary Insc: Not signed. Not dated. Printed on base "Mel-rose/ Australian/ Ware".
Dimensions: a) & b) 7.7 h x 15.9 w x 9.2 d cm .a 3.6 h x 15.3 w x 8.5 d cm .b 4.6 h x 15.9 w x 9.2 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 79.2660.A-B

By the 1930s small manufacturers of bricks and industrial ceramics, such as the Hoffman Brick Company, expanded their product lines to include moulded ‘art ottery’, with Australian flora and fauna modelled in the fashionable art deco and ‘moderne’ styles of the period.


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