jar and cover

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc

jar and cover

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Slightly swollen cylindrical jar sitting on narrower footring. Small curved shoulder and inverted rim on which cover sits. Flat cover with large acorn finial. The whole decorated with a dark green glaze. Painted round waist with three 'barbel' fish in silver lustre with copper lustre details, swimming nose to tail amongst three slender weeds. River bed painted round bottom of vase in silver above thin band of copper lustre. Iridescent lustre cover with blackened acorn finial.

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

jar and cover

Date Created



with lid: 19.5cm

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Place of creation

Clifton Junction



Presented by Mr Edward A Eason

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