Ovoid jug with flared foot and tall flared neck, folded inwards to form trefoil shape. Wide loop handle attached to neck and belly. Unglazed red body painted on front side in black, white and red enamels with panel of two Archaic Greek winged female sphinxes facing a stylised bird, it's wings spread. Black and white tongue border above, black and red stripes below. Black band round foot.
Thomas Horsfall Collection Horsfall was a man with a mission. He wanted to educate the working classes and develop in them a love of nature and art. He wanted people to expect better living conditions and feel encouraged to improve their surroundings. In 1886 he opened the Ancoats Art Museum in one of the worst slum areas of Manchester. The collection was varied and diverse, ranging from ceramics, textiles and furniture to paintings, prints and natural history. The displays emphasised the idea of good design, in the hope of encouraging working class people to furnish their homes with beautiful objects. In 1918 the Museum was handed over to the Gallery and part of that collection is displayed here. The objects are shown according to country of origin, illustrating Horsfall's interest in the transfer of ideas between different countries and cultures, and the influences on design in the late 1800s.
Place of creation
Transferred from the Horsfall Museum Collection, 1918
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