DOULTON & COJohn SLATER, Jug; commemorating Australian Federation, 1901 Enlarge 1 /6
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Staffordshire, England commenced 1854




  • working England 1877-1914

commemorating Australian Federation, 1901
(c.1900) Description: With a portrait of Queen Victoria supported by Australian Lighthorsmen from the Boer War
Place made: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Materials & Technique: ceramics, earthenware, earthenware slip-casts, glazed with printed transfer and gilded decoration

Dimensions: 17.4 h x 14.4 w x 11.1 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.1549

Doulton’s commemorative Federation jug with decoration designed by John Slater in 1900, depicts in miniature transfer-printed portraiture the key players on the grand stage of Federation: Queen Victoria, supported by an Australian Light-horseman and an Imperial Infantryman; Sir Henry Parkes; the Duke and Duchess of York (Prince George and Princess Mary); and the Governor-General, John Lewis, the Earl of Hopetoun.

A cartouche bears a quote from Joseph Chamberlain: ‘May the union between the colonies and the mother-land, now cemented by their blood, be for ever maintained.’

Doulton potteries in Britain found ready markets at home and in Australia for their mass-produced objects celebrating historic events. The inclusion of Australian flora and fauna adds a slightly exotic tone to the garlands of English roses.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra