Gumleaf Jardiniere, 1936
Pinch-built oval body with four short feet and twin handles.
Decorated with a profusion of lifesize gumleaves, gumnuts, gum branch handles, and two green beetles to one side, a blue one to the other.
Signed & dated 1936
Size: 29cm wide
“This was used for flowers, it had a flower-holder insert in it. It sat on the floor under the china cabinet……. often with just gum-leaves or with flowers in it……..”
This piece is very close to the 1935 example by Sarah Bott illustrated p21 in the 1983 L.J.Harvey & his school book. The gum leaves were a popular motif for students, and Clem made many of these pieces for friends & as items to sell. It’s a classic piece of Australiana with plenty of ‘rustic’ detail.