Australian Flora and Fauna in Applied Art
A grouping of over 500 objects which feature designs and motifs of Australian plants and animals. The objects include ceramics, glassware, jewellery, textiles and woodwork. In addition there are designs by Lucien Henry from the unpublished book 'Australian Decorative Arts' and stamped metal panels from the Wunderlich collection. The objects vary from a superbly crafted gold and silver inkstand to mass produced pressed glass dishes and from detailed botanical illustrations on teacups to stylized cutlery. The material dates from the early 1800's to the present day.
The museum has a long tradition of collecting applied arts featuring Australian designs dating back to Richard Baker who was Curator from 1895 to 1921. Baker held a deep passion for Australian flora, particularly the Waratah and campaigned to promote Australian flora and other native motifs as decorative themes for local manufacturers
Some material in this collection may be subject to copyright
A selection of material is available on the Museum's Website. This material has not been fully digitised and records contain varying levels of information
Applied arts; Australian animals; Australian plants; Decorative arts; Emus; Glass; Kangaroos; Waratahs
Drawings; Jewellery; Presentation pieces; Tableware; Textiles