ginger jar

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc

ginger jar

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Large ginger jar with cover missing, white earthenware, painted with fish and swirling water in silver and copper lustre, on a blue-green glaze.Thrown globular jar tapering to foot, with short, tapered neck, missing cover. Decorated with a streaked dull green glaze, turquoise-blue around areas of lustre decoration, lustrous and gold round lower body. Painted in bright silver lustre with nine large fish, in two groups of four and five, with copper lustre eyes. Groups of irregular wavy lines and small bubbles in bright silver lustre indicate swirling movement of water. River bed with small plants and pebbles painted round base of vase.

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


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Place of creation

Clifton Junction



Presented by Mr Edward A Eason


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