decorator United Kingdom 1859 – Australia 1941
decorator United Kingdom 1854 – Australia 1943 /1947
Leschenaultia W.A. tea service (tea pot, milk jug, cream jug, sugar bowl, 6 cake plates, 6 cups with saucers)
porcelain with painted overglaze enamels
teapot: /'RS' stamp/'Leschenaultia W.A.' and 'M.Creeth' painted inscriptions on base;
milk jug: /'Crown Staffordshire' stamp/'Leschenaultia W.A.' and 'M.Creeth' painted inscriptions on base;
cream jug and bowl:'Leschenaultia W.A.' and 'M.Creeth' painted inscriptions on base;
cups.ucers and plates: 'Leschenaultia W.A.' and 'H.Creeth' painted inscriptions on bases.
tea pot 11.0 (h) x 19.5 (w) x 11.5 (d) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The sisters May and Helen Creeth trained at the South Kensington Art Schools in London. Helen, the elder, ran drawing and painting classes in Perth from 1898 and also undertook commissions. May operated a china-painting supply store in St Georges Terrace, Perth and both fired their own and students’ work there until at least 1926. The popular Western Australian wildflower, Leschenaultia biloba, is the subject of this tea service.