National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Sir Thomas and Lady Travers, Governors, 1982
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
Large, clear with swelling body enamelled Persian-inspired decoration in white, 2 blues and gold.
Islamic art has been influential on European artists for centuries and was revived again during the second half of the nineteenth century due to European colonial interests in North Africa and the Near East. Having developed a fascination for Mameluk mosque lamps of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, Philippe-Joseph Brocard was among the first to revive the Islamic technique of enamelling on glass. One of his source books for Islamic art would undoubtedly have been the Receuil de dessins pour l’art et l’industrie (1859). The decoration on this otherwise standard European form includes several Islamic-inspired motifs, including scrolls, arabesques and interlaced strapwork.