Sunday, August 23, 2009

George Burrows Tasmaniana Shell Necklaces

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart holds one of the most important collections of Huon pine furniture in the world – The George Burrows collection. The TMAG acquired this treasure through the generosity of Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art. The collection consists of 54 pieces of quality Tasmanian Huon pine furniture.

The collection was assembled over 30 years and is the result of a dedication to an idea. It is a truly amazing collection of ‘Tasmaniana’. It includes early classic Georgian pieces that are characteristically simple and chic. There are also elaborate exemplars of Tasmanian Victoriana. Click here for more information on the collection.

What is less known is that via George Burrows the TMAG also has a collection of 10 Tasmanian shell necklaces. George acquired all these necklaces in Launceston at a single auction in the late 1970s. It has been claimed that the necklaces "were made by Miss Stewart" whose property was being dispersed at the estate clearance sale.

Clearly these necklaces are as much ‘Tasmaniana’ as George’s Huon Pine collection. Nonetheless, this collection and another are the subject of some contemporary research that may perhaps change the ways Tasmaniana is understood. If not that, the research may be a part of what may change the ways shell necklaces are understood in Tasmania.

There is more to this story so watch this space – [LINK]for developments and if you have any information please leave a comment OR contact the research network via Email:

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