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Cylindrical container in the form of a domed building with six equally spaced Corinthian pilasters, on stepped base. Lilac wash with white relief & dice pattern of sage-green & white.
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mr Keith M. Deutsher, Founder Benefactor, 1993
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
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
This covered vase is a miniature piece of architecture with added ornamentation. The form references the famous ancient Greek Monument of Lysicrates, from the fourth century BCE, which formed the display base for an athletic or choral prize won at a festival. It is the only surviving ancient Greek monument to choirs and was the subject of much interest for eighteenth-century architects, including James ‘Athenian’ Stuart who built a copy at Shugborough, Staffordshire, for Lord Anson. It was well known to Wedgwood, who offered to make the bowl for the tripod proposed by Stuart for the top of the dome.