Born in Melbourne in 1888, William Merric Boyd, known as Merric Boyd, a sculptor, first studied drawing at the Melbourne National Gallery School. After successful experiments in pottery he built a pottery at the family home at Murrumbeena, near Melbourne, and soon became recognised as Australia's first art potter. After a period with the Australian Flying Corps during World War I, he spent some time working in the Staffordshire Potteries in England and on his return to Australia consolidated his reputation as Australia's finest potter. He is still regarded as the 'father of Australian pottery'. Ill-health forced him to give up pottery in later life and he then concentrated on drawing. A book of his later drawings was published in 1975. William Merric Boyd died in 1959.
William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A large glazed earthenware pear and leaf decorated branch handled jug, 23 cm high, Exhibited: Outer Circle: The Boyds and the Murrumbeena Artists, Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia 17 Oct 2014 – 1 Mar 2015
William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959) (potter) and Doris Boyd (1888-1960) (decorator). A glazed earthenware vase, incised Merric Boyd, decorated by Doris Boyd, 1932, 21 cm high, 15 cm diameter, Exhibited: Outer Circle: The Boyds and the Murrumbeena Arti
William Merric Boyd (1888-1959), a jug, glazed earthenware with hand -modelled and underglaze painted decoration of a windswept tree motif with a kookaburra and trunk shaped handle, incised Merric Boyd 1932, kookaburra to base, 14.5 cm high
Merric Boyd animal figures depicting a seated koala & one other animal with baby, paper work authentication from a Boyd family member. Condition fair to poor, some losses to both figures. Height of tallest 12 cm
Merric Boyd ceramic koala vase signed dated 1915, measures 18.2 cm high. Provenance: the family were friends with the Boyd family and this koala vase was given as a gift in 1915 by Merric Boyd, and there is one in the Shepparton Art gallery, Victoria
Merric Boyd low bowl, 1934 of waisted cylindrical form, the body carved with a sweeping gumtree and entwined branches, underside incised 'Merric Boyd, 1935, colour by Doris Boyd;. Height 7 cm diameter 17 cm
A Merric Boyd jug 1945, the wheel thrown jug with an applied vine stem handle and applied leaves and grapes, having a thin blue glaze to the body, richer to the fruits and handle; inscribed signature and date underside. Height 18 cm
Merric Boyd (1888-1959), pottery vase, 1924 earthenware with hand painted black slip glaze in the decorated form of willow trees, hairline firing crack to base, inscribed 'Merric Boyd 1924'. Height 19.5 cm, diameter 16 cm
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