Collection Online
glass (gilt, enamel)
27.4 × 21.2 × 19.1 cm
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Sir Thomas and Lady Travers, Governors, 1982
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
Gallery location
18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Large, clear with swelling body enamelled Persian-inspired decoration in white, 2 blues and gold.
Islamic art has been influential on European artists for centuries and was revived again during the second half of the nineteenth century due to European colonial interests in North Africa and the Near East. Having developed a fascination for Mameluk mosque lamps of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, Philippe-Joseph Brocard was among the first to revive the Islamic technique of enamelling on glass. One of his source books for Islamic art would undoubtedly have been the Receuil de dessins pour l’art et l’industrie (1859). The decoration on this otherwise standard European form includes several Islamic-inspired motifs, including scrolls, arabesques and interlaced strapwork.