Circa 1930-1950, Koala Bookends by Grace Seccombe.
A pair of typical, polychrome decorated bookends featuring Koalas perched in a tree fork. While not signed, not all of her work was signed in the clay and some had white paper stickers which tended to come off, but undoubtedly the work of Grace Seccombe.
Grace was born in England in 1880 into a family of potters. She studied pottery at the Wedgwood Institute in Burslem. In 1903, after a period working in the potteries, she moved with her family to N.S.W. where, in 1905, she attended Sydney Technical College, studying freehand drawing and painting. In 1908 Grace married Clarence P. Seccombe, an architect, and she abandoned clay for about twenty years. Following a trip to England where Grace saw figurines of birds, she and her husband set up a studio and kiln at their home in Eastwood. Grace joined the Society of Arts & Crafts of N.S.W. and from 1930 regularly exhibited examples of her jovial Australian fauna and flora, (often set up as bookends as are these) until her death in 1956.
12.5 x 7.5 X 10 cm
Geoff Ford, Encyclopaedia of Australian Potter’s marks, 1st ed., pp135
Australian Art Pottery 1900 – 1950, Casuarina Press, pp 326