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Crustacean ginger pot
1999

Medium
stoneware
Measurements
(a-b) 43.3 × 24.7 × 20.0 cm
Inscription
(a) incised in base c.: JaneT / 99
Accession Number
2005.3.a-b
Department
Australian Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Kenneth Hood Bequest Fund, 2005
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
This Chinese-inspired lidded vase is barely discernable beneath an encrusted surface of barnacles, shells and coral. Much of Janet Beckhouse’s work is inspired by the sixteenth-century wares of Bernard Palissy which are based on forms from the natural world. The relationship between man-made objects and the relentless force of nature is a recurring theme in Beckhouse’s oeuvre.