Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc


Globular vase with narrow neck, white earthenware, decorated with four fish in silver and copper lustre over a lustrous blue and mauve glaze, tapering to flared footring, with tall, narrow, tapered neck. Decorated with a blue glaze, turned bright iridescent purple and gold over body. Painted round upper body below shoulder with four fish in silver lustre with copper lustre eyes, swimming nose to tail. Groups of copper lustre bubbles at their mouths and in small groups over body. Swirling current of water indicated by horizontal thick wavy lines in silver and copper lustre, all over body and neck.

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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.

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Clifton Junction



Presented by Mr Edward A Eason


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