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Grotesque Vase

A work made of lead-glazed earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lead-glazed earthenware.


c. 1893


Designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by Ault Pottery (Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, 1887-1923)

About this artwork

Towards the end of his career, Ault Pottery contracted Christopher Dresser to produce innovative vases and other forms for the new firm. One of his most iconic designs for Ault was this vase featuring stylized goat heads perched on elongated hooved legs. This humorous vase was part of a series of brightly colored vessels with handles constructed of grotesquely proportioned animals or humans. Grotesques are monstrous figures, such as those portrayed in stone on medieval cathedrals, which may have served as a source of inspiration for this unusual design.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser (Designer)


Grotesque Vase


Swadlincote (Object made in)

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Lead-glazed earthenware


27.3 × 21.6 cm (10 3/4 × 8 1/2 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Quinn E. Delaney

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