A73('A' Series / Kerryl) Large fan vase, fern-frond decoration, square base.
Does this shape appear in other series? No.
A replica of Beswick design no. 1191, 'Fernbank' .
The shape book has no sketch, just the words "Large fern vase, Cast".
Height; 26 cm.
Mt. Dandenong Antique Centre,
Base stamped Pates Potteries, Sydney, Australia
The number A73 is not incised, but moulded on the base in low relief. For a pictured example of such a number see 'A' Series / Kerryl A59
Base impressed Beswick England 1191 Fernbank
Although height measurements are often imprecise, the reported heights here do give a basis for guesswork about who copied what. Clay shrinks on drying, so a vase cast in a mould becomes smaller than its mould. The Beswick vase is reportedly 30 cm tall, Pates 28 cm and Kerryl 26 cm. If accurate, these measurements suggest that Pates made their mould from an original Beswick vase, and Kerryl in turn made their mould from a Pates vase.