ginger jar with domed cover

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc

ginger jar with domed cover

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Ginger jar and cover, white earthenware, painted with two groups of fish amid swirling water, in silver lustre against a blue-green lustrous glaze.Thrown globular ginger jar with short, straight neck, and domed cover, decorated with a lustrous blue-green glaze. Painted with nine large fish swimming in groups round body, six fish in silver lustre with copper lustre eyes, three fish in copper lustre with silver eyes. Thick irregular wavy lines in silver lustre and bubbles in copper lustre around fish indicate movement of water, plain copper and silver lustre bands round bottom of jar. Lid decorated with mottled pinkish plain silver lustre.

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 with domed cover

Date Created



without lid: 21.5cm
with lid: 23.4cm

accession number


Place of creation

Clifton Junction



Presented by Mr Edward A Eason


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