National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1970
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Opaque dark blue vessel with a trefoil rim splayed out above a short, cylindrical neck, ovoid body and splayed foot-stand, concave below. The vessel has a high-swung 'strap' handle, plano-convex in section, joined from the rim to the shoulder. The rim edge is decorated with a single trail of mixed yellow and pale green, the neck with two thin horizontal trails, pale green, overlapping behind the handle where they begin and finish. The upper body is decorated with trails of yellow and pale green, the yellow in six spiral curls, the pale green in two, mingling with the two lowest yellow ones, and combed both ways to form zigzags. Below this and added later (the overlap is apparent) is a lighter green trail in two horizontal bands with overlapping ends. On the edge of the foot-stand is a simple yellow trail and near the base of the handle is a small pale green blob.
The vessel was modelled on a core, the mouth of the vessel, formed on a core-rod, is visible where the trefoil rim joins the neck. The rim was added to this in the form of a broad disk after the vessel was released from the core rod, and this disk was then pressed up to a vertical position at the back and pinched in at its sides to render it trefoil. The handle was dropped on at the shoulder and drawn up to the rim after the trails were in place (as distortion upwards of top three trails indicates). The foot-stand was fashioned by tooling (as tool-marks, especially on the underside, indicate). The trails on the edge of the rim, neck of foot-stand and blob on handle are not marvered; trails on the body are marvered.