Royal Worcester ewer
This ewer by Royal Worcester captures some of the classic design elements of the aesthetic movement.
The tall, elegant shape is actually more likely taken from classical antiquity but the use of a handle modelled and decorated as bamboo brings us right back to the jungles of Asia and the inspiration of the East. The Victorians were fascinated by the objects coming out of Asia, particularly China and Japan, and their inclusion of such themes were seen across the western arts.
Another feature I like about this ewer is the delicate painted flowers of various species and colours, all painstakingly edged in gold. The graphic quality of the painting pays homage to Japanese and Chinese painting styles that had influenced porcelain since the days of Chelsea and Bow.
Date - 1889
Size - 26 cm tall
Condition - Excellent