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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.

Date:

c. 1893

Artist:

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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Artist

Christopher Dresser (Designer)

Title

Grotesque Vase

Origin

Swadlincote

Date

1888–1898

Medium

Lead-glazed earthenware

Dimensions

27.3 × 21.6 cm (10 3/4 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Quinn E. Delaney

Reference Number

2002.14

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