This piece SOLD under consignment by a private seller in Mordialloc, Melbourne. Pick-up is welcome or the piece can be posted Australia-wide at COST price plus $3 for careful packing. Get in contact with us if you’d like to buy or sell a similar piece using the links below.


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This SOLD under consignment by a private seller in Mordialloc, Melbourne. This piece was posted to our happy customer in Sydney for about $30.

Our price is in Australian dollars which is significantly less in American dollars.

Background Info and Provenance

A LARGE Ellis pottery bull. This Ellis design is rare- I’ve only seen a handful of these over the last 20 years I’ve been in this business. It’s one of Ellis’ largest pieces and can stand proudly on it’s own on a sideboard and look the part. I love the “flow” of Ellis designs- they have a creative magic that draws you in immediately, hence the huge band of enthusiastic Ellis collectors out there.

Despite the fact that Australian Ellis pottery is so highly-regarded and collectable there is little information about Ellis in books or even online. Some of the facts we know …

  • Dagmar and Miloslav Kratochvil, were political refugees who fled Czechoslovakia in 1951.
  • Their studio was initially set up in the garage of their home in 1953.
  • Orders from Myer / Grace Bros facilitated the expansion of their operation in the mid-1950’s.
  • Their subsequent factory at 86 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford (near Melbourne) employed students at the local RMIT.
  • Dasa and Milda Kratochvil regularly attended editorial meetings for the Australian-published newspaper called “Hlas Domova” (Voice of Home)
  • Their factory ceased to exist in 1972.
  • Their factory today in Abbotsford has no trace of their existence and there is very little documentation in books or online about the now-famous Ellis pottery firm.
  • Despite their now rather obscure history, Ellis Pottery has done a lot to help Australian handicrafts/art sit proudly alongside international offerings from the same era.

This piece has been around for more than a season and certainly more than a few issues of your favourite interior design magazine. If it’s still in vogue after decades it will always be valued. After mass-produced modern pieces have ended up as landfill, this vintage décor piece will be passed onto yet another generation. There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce your carbon footprint.


This piece is in excellent vintage condition with NO chips, NO cracks and NO repairs. The piece has minor crazing which is to be expected. There's a few spots where bubbles have formed in the glazing but this is normal in Ellis pieces. These are actually desirable because these substantiate that this is in fact an Ellis piece (this also occurred with their bulls in a different design). _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Length 300mm. Height 120mm. Width 110 mm Weight is 1.162 kg.
This is a CONSIGNMENT piece so please use the information as a guide only. This piece is being sold from Mordialloc, MELBOURNE NOT Brisbane. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PICK-UP . . . from 30 or 40 minutes North of BRISBANE city is accepted but postage is preferred as my home is hard to find. Because of this I will nominate a friend or family member for you to collect the item from if you need collection. Pick-up in person must be worked out prior to purchase- thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE is offered internationally. All our Decorative Arts pieces are delivered through AUSTRALIA POST. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE ESTIMATES. . . . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To BRISBANE- most of our pieces cost $15 - $18 to send. . . To SYDNEY or MELBOURNE- Small Vase- around $20 - $23, Medium Vase- around $20 - $25, Large Vase- around $24 - $30. Let us know if you need an EXACT COST for postage prior to purchase. The above postage estimates include $2.95 for a signature on delivery. . . INSURANCE against being lost or broken in transit up to the value of $200 is included in the estimates above. If your vase is cheaper or more expensive than $200 this will effect your postage fee slightly. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A BOXING FEE of $3.00 is included in the fee above to cover the cost of searching for and storing used packing materials. With the millions of cardboard boxes that end up as landfill every year we don’t believe in supporting the manufacture of boxes for post. Instead of buying new boxes and packing materials and passing this cost onto our customers we spend considerable time sourcing used boxes and then fashioning boxes to fit each item. We do the same for bubble-wrap and foam pieces. This requires a large investment of time, energy, ingenuity, organization and storage space- it is much easier and cheaper to buy new packing materials but I can’t justify taking the easy way out when so much packing material ends up polluting our earth. Our $3.00 charge does little to pay for the time (and storage) needed do this and to pack your item (there is also the time needed to get your package to the post office). This is something we’re happy to do for our customers and the environment. We appreciate your support in this area.
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