ginger jar

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc

ginger jar

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Ginger jar and cover with modelled fish finial, white earthenware, slip-modelled and painted with fish and swirling water in silver and copper lustre on a green and red glaze.Thrown tapered globular jar with wide neck, wide shallow lid in form of flattened dome, with large modelled finial of a fish curving round on itself. Body slip-modelled in low relief with six large fish swimming nose to tail round middle. The whole decorated with glaze of copper red and yellow-green patches, lustrous in places, upon which the fish have been painted in silver lustre, amid irregular wavy lines and groups of bubbles indicating water movement and river bed round bottom of jar. Fish finial painted in copper and silver lustre, surrounded by irregular painted lustre bands in copper and silver, over the glaze. Cobalt blue glaze inside.

Display Label

Gallery text panel In Pursuit of Beauty Late Victorian Art and Design Improving the quality of British art and design had been a concern since the 1850s. The British Empire had expanded into new continents but it was the classical ideal of beauty, based on Ancient Greek and Roman culture that was still considered the model for serious art. The pursuit of beauty was a form of escapism from the mass-production of industrial Britain. As well as looking to the ancient world, artists and designers were delighted and inspired by the arts of Renaissance Italy, the Middle and Far East. Many of the paintings here feature a beautiful woman. Sometimes she is a passive, decorative form, but often she is a dark and brooding femme fatale, a symbol of seduction, deception and destruction. The 'fatal woman' may reflect late Victorian male fears as women campaigned for equal rights and new roles. The emphasis on colour, harmony and rhythm and simplifying the form of an object would become major concerns in the 20th century. They can be seen emerging here in the work of late Victorian artists and designers.

Object Name

ginger jar

Date Created



Without lid: 19cm
With lid: 22.8cm

accession number


Place of creation

Clifton Junction



Presented by Mr Edward A Eason


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