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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Small green glazed trunk formed vase with kangaroo motif,…

Green Kangaroo Vase by William Ricketts

Small green glazed trunk formed vase with kangaroo motif, initialled, 15 cm tall, attributed to William Ricketts

William Ricketts (1898-1993), Victoria, earthenware vase…

Ricketts' Koala Vase

William Ricketts (1898-1993), Victoria, earthenware vase modelled as a tree stump with applied branches and a koala, incised Wm Ricketts Potters, Sanctuary Mt Dandenong. Height 33.5 cm