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Dragon vase
63.0 × 31.2 × 30.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
impressed (inverted) (diagonally) in rim of base: 676
impressed (diagonally) in rim of base: BURMANTOFTS / FAIENCE
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Dr Robert Wilson Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Robert Wilson, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2002
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
Not on display
Victor Kremer is known for his extravagant work in majolica (colourful lead-glazed earthenwares), in particular his designs for vases with modelled lizards and dragons. This double gourd-shaped vase is vividly modelled with a large scaly dragon, mouth agape as it encircles the vase. Mythical creatures were popular subjects in late nineteenth-century British art, the revival in interest much influenced by Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’ (1871), referring to a mythical dragon-like creature.