Learn about Seccombe, Grace

Grace Povey Seccombe (nee Capper) (1880-1956), was born in the potteries district of England, at Tunstall in Staffordshire in 1880.

Her father was a potter and Grace followed in his footsteps before the family migrated to Sydney in 1902.

She studied black and white drawing at Sydney Technical College, and then married and it wasn't until 1926 that she took up art in a professional capacity, concentrating on the manufacture of hand-painted earthenware.

She worked from a modest studio that was part of the family home in the Sydney suburb of Eastwood, making use of the local clay.

She had become a member of the Sydney Society of Arts and Crafts in 1930 and exhibited with the society until 1951.

After her first major exhibition in 1931, staged by the Society of Arts and Crafts, she was contracted to sell her work through the Sydney jewellers Prouds Ltd. stores. She also sold through the Blaxland Gallery at the former Grace Bros in Broadway and the Taronga Zoo gift shop.

During the 1940s Seccombe became known for her small hand-modelled, brightly painted pottery birds and animals. more...

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Grace Seccombe 'Western Rosella' figure standing on a tree form frog base, signed 'Australia' to the base. Condition: poor, damage to the tail, some cracks & crazing. Height 15.9 cm

Grace Seccombe (b. approx 1880, d. 1956) kookaburra on a log, signed to base, approx 21 cm high

A Grace Seccombe pottery dish with two kookaburras perched on a branch with gum leaves & nuts, signed to base 'Grace Seccombe, original paper label '#6, 10 cm dia

A Grace Seccombe, two kookaburras on slip rails enscribed 'To you the open slip rails & awaiting friend', signed to base Grace Seccombe

Grace Seccombe (Australian, 1880 - 1956), kookaburra, perched on a log, hand finished with underglaze painting and coloured glaze on earthenware, artist's initials incised to base 'G S, Australia, height 9 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

Grace Seccombe (Australian, 1880 - 1956), kookaburras on Fence, hand finished with underglaze painting and coloured glaze on earthenware, inscribed 'To You, the open Sliprails and a Waiting friend', artist's signature incised to base 'Grace

Grace Seccombe (Australian, 1880 - 1956), pair of blue Budgerigars, perched together on a tree stump, hand finished with underglaze painting and coloured glaze on earthenware, artist's signature incised to base 'Grace Seccombe, height 17 cm. Proven

Grace Seccombe (Australian, 1880 - 1956), Galah, perched on a tree stump, hand finished with coloured glaze and underglaze painting on earthenware, artist's initials raised to base 'G S, NSW, height 18.5 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

An Australian glazed earthenware figure group of two budgerigars by Grace Seccombe (1880-1956), inscribed 'Grace Seccombe NSW Australia, 18 cm high

A pair of Australian glazed earthenware koala bookends by Grace Seccombe (1880-1956), inscribed 'Grace Seccombe NSW, 14 cm high

An Australian glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra by Grace Seccombe (1880-1956), inscribed 'Grace Seccombe, 18 cm high

Grace Seccombe. Pair of koala salt and pepper shakers. Signed 'GS', together with William Ricketts earthenware medallion (3). Height 7 cm

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra, incised Grace Seccombe, 9.5 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware bough pot with applied koala figure, incised GS AUS, 10.5 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of two kookaburras on a fence post, incised To you the open sliprail and a waiting friend, incised Grace Seccombe, 10 cm high, 14 cm wide

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware bough vase with applied kookaburra, incised Grace Seccombe Australia, 11 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A pair of glazed earthenware koala salt and pepper shakers, incised GS AUS, 8 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra pipe holder, incised GS AUS, 7.5 cm high, 12 cm wide

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A pair of glazed earthenware kookaburra salt and pepper shakers, incised GS NSW, 6 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra, labelled Grace Seccombe No. 44, 16.5 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a koala on a bough, incised GS NSW Australia, 7 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra, incised Grace Seccombe NSW, 14 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra on a pierced flower frog base, inscribed AuStralia, 17 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A small glazed earthenware figure of a open beak kookaburra, incised Grace Seccombe, 9 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra, incised Grace Seccombe Australia, 14 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A rare glazed earthenware figure of an open beak kookaburra, signed Grace Seccombe, labelled No. 50 Grace Seccombe, 17 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A rare hand modelled glazed earthenware figure of magpie, 20 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra on a leaf decorated stump, signed AuStralia, 24 cm high. Illustrated: Australian Art Pottery: 1900 - 1950, Kevin Fahy, Keith Free, John Freeland & Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press 2004,

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a water bird, inscribed AuStralia, 19.5 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of two kookaburras on a pierced flower frog base, inscribed AuStralia, 18 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A pair of rare glazed earthenware blue wren bookends, inscised Grace Seccombe Australia, 13 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a rock wallaby, incised Grace Seccombe NSW, 9.5 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra on a leaf decorated bough, incised 'S, 15.5 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A hand modelled glazed earthenware figure of a pink flamingo, signed Australia and numbered 213, 15 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956), Freddie. A glazed earthenware figure of a green frog, incised 'FREDDIE' Grace Seccombe, N.S.W., Australia, 8 cm high, 16 cm wide

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware cicada moulded leaf dish, incised Grace Seccombe, NSW. Australia, 18 cm wide

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A rare glazed earthenware vase modelled as a log and decorated with a cicada and gum leaves, incised Australia, 16 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of a kookaburra, inscribed Grace Seccombe and impressed GS, 16 cm high

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A rare glazed earthenware pen tray with moulded platypus, incised GS AUS, 4.5 cm high, 9.5 cm wide, 13 cm deep. Provenance: Grace Seccombe Estate

Grace Seccombe (1880-1956). A glazed earthenware figure of two canaries, inscribed AuStralia, 18 cm high

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