An image of Plate with spirals

Anne Dangar

(Australia 01 Dec 1885 – 04 Sep 1951)

Plate with spirals

Not on display
Further information

Anne Dangar’s use of circular and spiral designs to decorate her ceramics comes from the teachings of her great mentor Albert Gleizes. His 1932 book 'La forme et l’histoire' (Form and history) discusses his view that human nature is constant and the same rhythmic designs will recur in different ages in different societies. He illustrated this theory with a number of circular and spiral designs from prehistoric carvings and ancient pottery, and believed that cubism could revive the use of such designs.

Dangar's great ability was in adapting these historical symbols for use on functional forms in ways which was both aesthetically pleasing and artistically satisfying.

Place of origin
Sablons, Isère, France
glazed earthenware
7.5 x 34 cm diam.
Signature & date

Signed, verso, slip "MSD". Not dated.

Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2017
Accession number