This article was inspired by a visit to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

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.Cabbage Leaf Bowl - Chelsea Porcelain Factory

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


Cauliflower Tea Caddy and Teapot by Josiah Wedgwood by Josiah Wedgwood


Snuff Box c.1754

Snuff Box by Mennecy Porcelain Factory FranceThis 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


Plate from the Royal Saxon factory in Germany
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

Meissen Walking Stick Handle

This very decorative walking stick handle was made from hard-paste porcelain at the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, Germany around 1770. 


All photographs are © A Blake 2021
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