Learn about Ricketts, William

Born in Melbourne in 1899, William Ricketts was a self-taught sculptor and conservationist, who commenced modelling in clay in about 1920. Well known for his terracotta sculptures and vessels depicting heads and figures of Aboriginal subjects, he owned a property at Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges, now known as the William Rickett Sanctuary, and open to the public. This property is famous for its bush garden heavily decorated with his terracotta sculptures. Ricketts' works are represented in several state and provincial collections. He died in 1993.

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Ricketts, William (1899-1993) Aboriginal face & Gumleaf plaque. Inscribed verso 'With love to my everlasting friend Jess, William.'terracotta L22 cm

A William Ricketts earthenware sculpture modelled of a bearded indigenous Australian elder and two children verso. Inscribed WM Ricketts to base. 18 cm high, 13 cm wide.

William Ricketts (1898-1993) Two earthenware wall plaques each modelled with the faces of tribal elders, incised Wm Ricketts, the largest 14.5 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993) An earthenware wall plaque modelled with the face of a child, incised Wm Ricketts, 15 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993) An earthenware sculpture modelled with the head of an elder and two boys, incised Wm Ricketts and dated 1947, 16 cm high

William Ricketts Miniature terracotta portrait panel of an indigenous elder, the reverse indistinctly inscribed, 8 x 5 cm

William Ricketts Rare unfinished pottery face plaque, incised 'Wm. Ricketts, 11 cm across

William Ricketts Pottery plaque, double sided, incised 'Wm. Ricketts, 19.5 cm

William Rickets Pottery coolamon, incised 'Wm Ricketts, 34 cm long

William Ricketts Pottery vase with applied faces & possums, incised 'Wm. Ricketts Potter's Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong', 41 cm across

William Ricketts Pottery coolamon with applied kangaroos and tribal elder, 61 cm long

William Ricketts Pottery miniature plaque, ?5 x 4 cm

William Ricketts Pottery head of a tribal elder, signed 'Wm Ricketts', 26 cm high

William Ricketts Miniature pottery face plaque, signed 'W.Ricketts, 8.5 x 5 cm

William Ricketts Pottery bust of an indigenous Australian elder inset in a wooden stand, The terracottra 22 cm high

William Ricketts Aboriginal wall plaque depicting an Aboriginal elder, signed to verso. Condition, good, minor agr related wear, length, 13 cm

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A large hand modelled earthenware lamp base decorated with Aboriginal faces and a possum, on a blackwood base, lamp base 51 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A glazed earthenware twin spout teapot with moulded gum nuts and gum leaves 1934, incised Wm Ricketts, Melbourne, 1934, 24 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993), Gum Nut Man. A hand-modelled, glazed earthenware vase, 1934, incised Wm Ricketts 1934, 21 cm high, 11 cm wide. Illustrated: Australian Art Pottery: 1900 - 1950, Kevin Fahy, Keith Free, John Freeland & Andrew Simpson, Casuarina

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A glazed earthenware figure of a Swagman, incised Wm Ricketts, Potters Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong, 13 cm high, 15 cm wide

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A hand modelled earthenware figure of a 'Kangaroo Man' holding a Churinga, c. 1940, incised Wm Ricketts, 31 cm high. Illustrated: Australian Art Pottery: 1900 - 1950, Kevin Fahy, Keith Free, John Freeland & Andrew Simpson, Cas

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A large and impressive hand modelled earthenware sculpture of nine 'Kangaroo Man' figures, incised Wm. Ricketts, Mt Dandenong, 29 cm high, 74 cm wide

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A wheel thrown earthenware jug decorated with an Aboriginal spear fisher, c. 1940, incised Wm Ricketts Potters Sanctuary Mt Dandenong, 28.5 cm high. Illustrated: Australian Art Pottery: 1900 - 1950, Kevin Fahy, Keith Free, Joh

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A glazed earthenware twin spout teapot with moulded koalas, 1940, incised Wishing you Christmas good cheer 1940 Wm Rickett, 20 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993. A glazed earthenware twin spout teapot with moulded kookaburra lid, 1938, incised Potters, Sanctuary Mt Dandenong March 30th 1938 to base, 19 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993), Toby Jug' 1934, incised Wm Ricketts 1934 to base, 17 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993), An earthenware tawny frog mouth owl jug with moulded kangaroos, circa 1930's, incised Potter's Sanctuary Mt Dandenong to base, 20 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A pair of glazed earthenware bookends with moulded seated Aborignal elders, incised 'patience, mind, thought see the beauty wrought' Wm Ricketts, 36 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993), An earthenware coolamon dish decorated seated Aboriginal figure, 11 cm high, 19 cm wide

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A pair of glazed earthenware bookends relief moulded with Aboriginal children's faces, incised Wm Ricketts 1945, 15 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A glazed earthenware jug with a moulded kookaburra, 1937, incised Potters, Sanctuary Mt, Dandenong 1937, 17 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A glazed earthenware twin handled vase with a moulded kookaburra, 1937, incised Potters Sanctuary Mt Dandenong 1937, 12.5 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993). A hand modelled earthenware figure of a 'Kangaroo man' c. 1940, 22.5 cm high

William Ricketts (1898-1993), a vase, circa 1935, ovoid in form, matt blue with elder scene, signed Wm. Ricketts Melbourne 1935 to base, repair to rim, 16.5 cm high

Australian pottery dish with Aboriginal heads and lizard, signed Ricketts (chipped)

William Ricketts pottery bowl adorned with snakes head & 4 piccaninny faces, incised signature. Length 33 cm

William Ricketts pottery tree stump vase with applied tribal elder, incised 'Wm. Ricketts Sanctuary Potters, Mt Dandenong'. 35 cm

William Ricketts pair of pottery bookends, incised 'Wm. Ricketts 1944'. 28 cm each

William Ricketts pottery tea pot with branch handle & spout, base decorated with picaninny face & lid mounted with Aboriginal bust finial. 35 cm Provenance: Private collection Melbourne, previously purchased directly from the Ricketts family.

William Ricketts (1893-1993), double sided plaque, front side depicting an Aboriginal elder, and the back an Aboriginal child Tjikalyi. Signed W.Ricketts. 20 x 12.5 cm approx.

A small earthenware mask of an aboriginal boy, by William Ricketts, inscribed in pencil verso 'Intjitjin, Pitjantgari Tribe', 14 cm high

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