National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Dr Robert Wilson Collection. Gift of Dr Robert Wilson and Colin Lane, 2007
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
The nineteenth century in Europe was characterised by a series of revivals of historical ornamental styles. This lidded vase by the Minton factory is an example of the Rococo revival, which looked to the eighteenth-century French court for inspiration. As was often the case with revival styles, the individual decorative elements here are eclectic in origin. The richly gilded rocaille-form scrolls are heavily modelled, owing more to gilt-bronze mounts than eighteenth-century porcelain forms. The vase shape itself is more Baroque than Rococo in inspiration, and the colours employed for the decoration are darker and richer than an eighteenth-century Rococo palette.