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stoneware (blue jasper)
26.5 × 18.7 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Staffordshire, England
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Shell Company of Australia Limited, Founder Benefactor, 1998
Gallery location
18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Two-handled vase in lapis blue jasper dip covering a grey-blue body of similar intensity. The applied white reliefs include classical figures, trees and masks at the handles. On one side a seated woman accompanied by a serpent holds the arm of a young man, while a young Eros flies above with a torch and a bearded man looks on; on the other the central figure of a reclining woman with an inverted torch is flanked by a seated male and a seated female. The reliefs have added details painted in blue and grey to simulate the transparent effects of the glass-engraver or stone-cutter. The base is similarly decorated and shows the half-figure of a man wearing a Phrygian cap, his hand raised to his mouth. Accompanied by a modern metal and mirror stand.