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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery

'Landscape with Hippo'

Form
1997 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This object incorporates a factory-made figurine into a lush, but bizarre, landscape. The environment gives the hippo a new life, elevating its status from humble ornament to ruler of its own domain. Like much of Slee's work, this piece reflects the emotional significance of ornaments in the lives of ordinary people.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Earthenware with yellow and turquoise glazes
Brief Description
Figure group, made by Richard Slee, England, 1997
Physical Description
Earthenware figure group, scalloped-edged landscape base, with four standing bush-like forms, and a hippo (found object) with yellow and turquoise glazes
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.7cm
  • Width: 38.0cm
  • Diameter: 31.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'RICHARD / SLEE' (written on the underside)
  • '690 = / RS8' paper label (on base)
Credit line
Given by Adrian Sassoon Esq.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This object incorporates a factory-made figurine into a lush, but bizarre, landscape. The environment gives the hippo a new life, elevating its status from humble ornament to ruler of its own domain. Like much of Slee's work, this piece reflects the emotional significance of ornaments in the lives of ordinary people.
Collection
Accession Number
C.90-1997

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record createdFebruary 20, 2008
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