vase

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc



vase

Pilkington's Tiles Group Plc

Summary

Cylindrical vase, curving in at base to footring, and at flat shoulder to short neck with everted rim. Decorated with an iridescent blue-purple glaze, paler and slightly milky at the top and down one side, darker blue round the base. Painted round upper body below shoulder with five fish in silver lustre with copper lustre eyes, swimming amongst feathery fronds of four weeds that reach up from river bed round foot. Wavy lines of silver bubbles also reaching up from river bed, which is decorated with small tufted plants in silver. Plain silver footring and neck.

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

vase

Date Created

1911

Dimensions

object: 15.6cm

accession number

1920.147X

Place of creation

Clifton Junction

Medium

Credit

Presented by Mr Edward A Eason


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