Pates Potteries (Australia) Lustre Shell Vase

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Pates Potteries were established by Alfred James Pate in 1946 at Belmore, NSW, with the help of his brother John and nephew Ron. Pate had before then, learnt the pottery trade where he worked, at Fowlers Pottery in Marrickville.

The potteries made by Pates targeted the working class market with their colourful slip cast, and employed over 100 workers in the 1950s. The company made its name by producing several varieties of colourful slip cast domestic wares.

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This vase is finished in a gorgeous lustre glaze, in a lovely clam motif.

It's in great to excellent vintage condition, with with very little, if any, surface wear. There are no chips or cracks.

It measures approx 12.5cm tall x 28cm wide.

Likely made in the post-war era, when the production of pottery and ceramics flourished in Australia (particularly in Sydney's Inner West).