The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is a major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. It has occupied a converted electric tram power station since 1988, hence its name. The museum houses its diverse collection in the 'shell' of the old power station which makes a wonderful exhibition space. The many exhibits include those of a science nature as well as the decorative arts.
Shown below are some of the porcelain exhibits which may be of interest to porcelain artists and collectors. The Museum is a 'must-see' for anybody visiting Sydney!
Cabbage-Leaf Bowl c.1755
This delightful bowl is made from soft-paste porcelain and was manufactured in the Chelsea Porcelain Factory, England around 1755.
Cauliflower Tea Caddy and Teapot c.1760
This early, striking set of Creamware by Josiah Wedgwood was produced in the Burslem factory, Staffordshire, England around 1760
Snuff Box c.1754
This little snuff box, or patchbox as they were sometimes known, dates back to around 1754. It is a soft-paste porcelain piece manufactured in the Mennecy Porcelain Factory, France.
Kakiemon design plate c.1755
This porcelain plate made from hard-paste was a Kakiemon design piece. It was manufactured in the Royal Saxon Manufactory, Meissen Germany around 1735.
Walking Stick Handle c.1770
This very decorative walking stick handle was made from hard-paste porcelain at the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, Germany around 1770.
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