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Posted 3 years ago

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vetraio50
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Euphorbia pulcherrima, or noche buena, is a species of flower indigenous to Mexico and Central America. So I suppose No American will not lnow about Poinsettias! In winter, when many gardens are looking cheerless and bare, Poinsettias grow well in the warmer zones of Australia. Their vibrant blooms and foliage bring good cheer into our homes and gardens.

Pyrography or Poker Work is the method of burning designs into timber that has been a method of artistic expression for thousands of years. This tray came home two months ago from the Salvo's. It's design had not been protected with glass so it's a bit worn. I think this art deco version is probably post WWII. The colours are a bit faded and have mellowed from their vibrant original reds and golds. But it's not been fiddled with!

I love the split cane work on the handles and that touch of green.

Poker work was a popular art form in Australia in the period prior to World War 2. Popular designs found on Australian poker work of this period include Australian flora and fauna. Most notably these include gum leaves and blossom, waratahs, wattle and poinsettia flowers. Fauna also figured highly and included mainly koalas and kookaburras as well as other types of birds.
It appeared as a decorative form of design on a variety of household items made from wood such as vases, spoons, coat hangers, bowls, egg cups, coasters, doily covers and trays.
The quality of the work appeared to vary greatly, from that done by amateur hobbyists to professional artists.

This one looks professionally done. It is rare that particular artists can be identified with a piece. I'm always hoping to find a piece by Olive Hughes, her mother Louise Tufnell or Harry Jones.
It is quite a large piece of pokerwork:
L: 64 cm or 25 inches
W: 32 cm or 12.5 inches

Check out my two other pieces on CW:
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/22594-an-art-nouveau-iris-doyley-cover?in=user
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http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/22485-my-pokerwork-doyley-cover?in=user

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks bellin and Austrohungaro too!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks miKKoChristmas11 & ozmarty!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks Budek!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks Amy!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangT!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    Many thanks SEAN & ANTIQUESANDCOLLECTIBLES !!!!!
  10. antiquesandcollectibles38 antiquesandcollectibles38, 4 months ago
    Love this piece! Have you ever come across anyone who collects Tina Bromberg painted wood bowls, I purchased a couple of her designer bowls at a yard sale and can't seem to find anyone that knows how widely they are collected, I visited her site and it gives just the basic artist history and photos , but only contact to purchase items, no information on when she started painting wood bowls, the 2 I have are signed and dated 87 , I'm hoping they are some of her earliest works! Any information would be welcome!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUESANDCOLLECTIBLES !!!!!
    I'm sorry I have not come across Tina Bromberg's work here in Australia. I have just had a look on the net and it is great. Thanks!!!
  12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 months ago
    Your very welcome Kevin!! very beautiful indeed!!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 months ago
    Many thanks FOXTERRIER9LIVES !!!!!!!!!!

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