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.
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 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 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 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.
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