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Wine Cask Cover - 'White', John Rodriquez, 1967-1977 Object Reg. No: HT 12431

White cotton wine cask cover with grapevine print. Made circa late 1960s - early 1970s (based on design and date of wine cask technology). Designed by John Rodriquez, an influential Australian textile designer from the 1950s to 1970s. Screen printed by hand.

Wine casks were invented by South Australian Riverland grape grower Thomas Angove in the early 1960s. Letters patent no. 280826 was issued to his company on 20 April 1965. The method of sealing the plastic bag was not ideal, however, and in 1967 another wine-maker, Penfold Wines, with C H Malpas, patented a plastic tap that was fused into a metallised plastic bag. The wine cask cover HT 12431 has accommodation for this tap, so would date no earlier than 1967.
White cotton cover, with panels stitched to form square shape. Dark blue grapevine print around top. Dark blue edging.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, handcrafts, screen printing, wine, textile manufacturing, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Printmaking
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Inscriptions: Text: WHITE.
Artist: John Rodriquez, Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1967-1977
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1967-1977
References: Photocopies of old issues of Home Beautiful which display John's fabric designs have been offered by the donor.
Newspaper cuttings showing clothes made from Rodriquez-designed fabrics.
Powerhouse Museum web site - information on wine cask developments - http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/australia_innovates/?behaviour=view_article&;Section_id=1000&article_id=10021, accessed 30/7/2010.

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