Mystery potter #48: Unknown

Unknown. Handbuilt bottleUnknown. Handbuilt bottle. Base

After writing about department store galleries a few months ago, I couldn’t resist buying this unmarked bottle with a David Jones paper label when I saw it recently on eBay. It is handbuilt, with an irregular, double-bowled and dimpled form and dark brown-glazed surface partially relieved by ash and slip glazes.  Although slightly carelessly finished at the base, it has quite a lot of gravitas.  It may not be Australian or even contemporary, but I would love to know its story. The hand-written numbers on the label imply that it was part of an exhibition. The ‘David Jones for service’ motto on the label might provide a clue as to when the exhibition was held. Or perhaps someone will recognise the style…

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