impressed in base u.c.: 2715 / P painted in silver on base c.: · R · / · (all in a square) / PINX (in a rectangle) (Lancastrian rose) (crane) v / v (all in a ( ) (all in a square) / DES (in a rectangle) impressed in base l.c.: ENGLAND / X
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mr Terence Lane, Fellow, 1995
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
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.