Art Deco Australian Tea Cart

Art Deco Australian Tea Cart.

PRESENTING a stunning and extremely RARE Australian Antique………… Art Deco Australian Tea Cart from circa 1920-25.

Made of Burl Wood, Walnut, Tiger and Birch with marquetry inlay of map of Australia and Tasmania with Kangaroo and Emu and armorial crest.

The top of the cart and the back face are both replicated with the marquetry inlay depicting Australia with specimen woods in a sunburst pattern.

The cart is on four legs…the front 2 with brass caster wheels and the rear two on cartwheels with carved wooden spokes.

The coat of arms of Australia, officially called the Commonwealth Coat of Arms,[1] is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia.[2] A shield, depicting symbols of Australia’s six states, is held up by the native Australian animals the kangaroo and the emu. The seven-pointed Commonwealth Star surmounting the crest also represents the states and territories, while floral emblems appear below the shield.

The first arms were authorised by King Edward VII on 7 May 1908, and the current version by King George V on 19 September 1912, although the 1908 version continued to be used in some contexts, notably appearing on the reverse of the sixpenny coin.


ART DECO: Art Deco (/ˌɑːrt ˈdɛkoʊ/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I [1] and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II.[2] It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925.[3] It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.

Deco emerged from the interwar period when rapid industrialisation was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favoured by its predecessor Art Nouveau.

Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production”.
During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.


Art Deco Australian Tea Cart.

Condition: Overall very good for it’s age. Some ‘cracking’ to the wood veneer.

Provenance: Bought in the US.

Dimensions: 36″ Tall, 24″ Wide and 40″ Long

Price Now: $1,250

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