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Pavarotti

  • Object:

    Jug

  • Place of origin:

    Hanley (made)
    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    1990 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tootle, Douglas
    Kevin Francis Ceramics Ltd. (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired with the support of the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    S.1648-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Toby jug was produced to commemorate Luciano Pavarotti's appearance as Nemorino in Donizetti's opera L'elisir d'amore at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, March 1990, and to raise funds for the International Autistic Research Organisation, a charity of which Luciano Pavarotti was a patron. The IARO produced both figurines and Toby jugs to be sold in aid of their organisation, selling the figurines for £800. the signed Toby jugs for £500, and unsigned Toby jugs for £200.

Luciano Pavarotti

Physical description

Glazed earthenware toby jug representing Luciano Pavarotti in evening dress comprising black trousers, a black tail-coat and black bow tie, with a white shirt and waistcoat, seated on a balustrade, holding a cream handkerchief in his left hand and proffering a dusky pink rose with his right, with a sheet of paper or score by his left foot inscribed 'L'elisir d'amore'. The pink handle is decorated with two black semi-quavers and the base is incribed in silver over-glaze by Pavarotti with his signature and date: 'Luciano Pavarotti 1991'

Place of Origin

Hanley (made)
Staffordshire (made)

Date

1990 (produced)

Artist/maker

Tootle, Douglas
Kevin Francis Ceramics Ltd. (made)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

'PAVAROTTI. Kevin Francis Ceramics. KF. MODELLED BY DOUG TOOLE COMMISSIONED BY THE INTERNATIONAL AUTISTIC RESEARCH ORGANISATION. A Limited Edition of 2,000. This is No. 109. HAND MADE & HAND PAINTED IN STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLAND'
Printed in blue on the underneath of the base, within a scroll-effect border

Dimensions

Height: 23.0 cm, Width: 12.0 cm, Depth: 18.0 cm

Object history note

This Toby jug was produced to commemorate Pavarotti's appearance as Nemorino in Donizetti's opera L'elisir d'amore at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and to raise funds for the International Autustic Research Organisation, a charity of which Luciano Pavarotti was a patron

Descriptive line

Glazed earthenware Toby jug in the form of Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), signed over-glaze by Pavarotti, 1991. No. 109 in a limited edition commemorating Pavarotti's visit to London in March 1990 to appear as Nemorino in Donizetti's opera L'Elisir d'Amore at the Opera House, Covent Garden. Modelled by Doug Tootle and produced by Kevin Francis Ceramics Ltd., 1990.

Production Note

A certificate with the jug states: 'Commissioned by The International Autistic Research Organisation, this toby is crafted to the highest standards in a limited edition of 2,000 worldwide, Luciano Pavarotti is patron of the charity and this toby of him commemorates his visit to London in March 1990 to perform L'elisir d'amore at the Opera House, Covent Garden.' It includes facsimile signatures of Kevin J. Pearson and Francis J. Salmon, the copyright symbol and: '1990 Kevin Francis Ceramics'

Materials

Earthenware; Glaze

Techniques

Modelled; Glazed

Categories

Ceramics; Theatre

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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