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Large bulbous vase; stoneware, with high-relief decoration of jellyfish applied in dark green, white and pink coloured slips and then covered with a pale greenish-white opaque glaze; the glaze is thicker on one side and has begun to melt but still retains a matt surface, on the other side it is thin with a sandy surface; beneath the glaze the pot has been brushed with a green oxide; the interior of the rim has a glossy honey-coloured glaze.
- Production date
- 1904 (made)
Height: 29.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection'. 2nd ed. no.191.
For a full discussion of the Martin Brothers see Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Cat no 158, 1945.0204.4.
This group is mostly decorated in low relief built up with slips and then incised. Designs with fish and sea creatures predominate in the firm's work of the late 1890s and early 1900s. The two matt-finish high-relief pieces ('Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Cat. 191 - 2) are unusual.
This unusual vase, with its remarkably effective and subtle use of colour and relief, was purchased by Anne Hull Grundy from the Nettlefold sale in 1947; her copy of the Nettlefold catalogue (C.R. Beard, 'Catalogue of the Collection of Martinware formed by Mr Frederick John Nettlefold, London 1936, 239, pl. 68) is annotated 'Given by me Anne Ullmann to my fiance John Hull Grundy'. F. J. Nettlefold bought it for £14 at the sale of porcelain and pottery belonging to F. Hutchinson FRCS at Sotheby's, London, on 25 November 1921, lot 161; the sale catalogue described it as 'An important vase, globular without handles, with pattern of squids in slight relief in green on an unglazed ground, brown glazed rim, 11 3/4in [29.8 cm], signed Martin Bros. 8-1904.' For a much smaller vase of similar bulbous shape dated 1894 with relief decoration, see M. Haslam, 'The Martin Brothers, Potters', London 1978, 116, fig. 180.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Sold at Sotheby's Nov 25th (yr not in reg) lot 161; sold by Nettlefold in 1947.
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