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The Kookaburra Vase 1927

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Clem Ainslie, Australian pottery, The Kookaburra Vase 1927

Clem Ainslie, Australian potter, The Kookaburra Vase 1927

The Kookaburra Vase

Large pinch-built vase with twin handles, on slightly spreading ring foot.

Decorated in high relief with an almost life-size kookaburra, perched on a branch which continues to become one of the twig handles, with a catapillar moving away up the handle having caught the bird’s attention; the reverse with a spray of gumleaves and nuts, the rim also of twig form, the whole glazed in a mottled brown with pink patches to the kookaburra.

Signed & dated 1927

Size: 25cm high

Item #8

This vase is the classic piece of Harvey School pottery: sculpted, with Australian motifs, it follows Harvey’s design philosophy – to create a unique, distinctively Australian work, highly decorative and yet essentially useful.

Many Harvey School pieces bear the kookaburra motif, although the way its beady eye is focused on the caterpillar crawling up the handle is Clem’s own humorous touch.

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