18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
The vessel is in the form of a pilgrim flask, with a circular body set on a wedge-like foot, and a short neck with two small handles. The flat surfaces are decorated in ochre and deep red lustres on a deep blue ground. The front shows the half-figure of a woman wearing a mural crown over a veil, head turned to her left and holding aloft a spindle, a four-masted sailing ship in her right hand, a banderole above, inscribed 'MANCHESTER', set against a background of Victorian buildings. Walter Crane's monogram appears lower centre on the panel. The back shows the arms of Manchester and the motto 'CONCILIO ET LABORE', the design framed with a border in the form of a twisted ribbon, and the foot and neck are decorated with a scale-like pattern.