England 1869 – Australia 1947
Australia from 1896
Casket with ibis and flower motif
patinated brass, polished brass mounts, cloisonné enamel
10.0 (h) x 14.6 (w) x 9.9 (d) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
James W. R. Linton was Perth’s most prominent practitioner and teacher of the decorative arts in the first half of the 20th century, establishing a style that would be carried on by his son, James A. B. Linton and others. Linton’s training and work was in the style of the British Arts and Crafts Movement, popular from the 1870s to the 1910s. Its tenets of simplicity, practicality and the clear expression of materials and process gave him a way to express his adopted Western Australian environment.