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silver, glass, ebonised wood
106.7 × 49.0 × 52.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Coles Myer Ltd, Governor, 1997
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 5
Level 2, NGV Australia
It is the form of an epergne. The epergne is mounted on a lobed ebonised stand, the front lobe of which is set with a shield flanked by emu and kangaroo supporters. The shield is engraved: Presented by / The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Sydney / C.J. ROBERTS ESQ. /To The / A.J.CLUB / 13th Dec. 1879 / Won By / MR GEORGE FAGAN'S / B.M.MABEL, 5yrs, 6st.5lbs. / Time 2. .398/10 sec. / Distance, one mile and a half. A ribbon beneath is engraved: ADVANCE AUSTRALIA. The circular base of the epergne is mounted on six feet of foliated scroll and cabochon design. On the base, encircled by a post and looped wire fence, a horse race is in progress, with five horses and riders racing around a raised pavilion full of spectators, a judge's booth and two marquees. Above, on a rocky platform, is a vine-entwined tree fern flanked by a sailor and an Aborigine. On the fronds of the tree fern is mounted a shallow glass bowl in the centre of which is a rocky outcrop on which a jockey stands, holding aloft, in his right hand, a glass trumpet-shaped vase in a silver holder. The base is punched above the front foot: W KERR