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Bottle - Martin Ware

Martin Ware

  • Object:

    Bottle

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Martin Brothers (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salt-glazed stoneware with incised and painted decoration, cork and metal. The exterior was painted in a white slip, which was then incised. The incised decoration was then partly filled in and over-painted in brown before firing and salt-glazing.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss N. V. Wade

  • Museum number:

    C.33-1974

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 4, shelf 3

If Martin-ware [… has] not the transparency of porcelain nor the elaborately and costly ornamentation of Sèvres [it is] pure and honest art work.

This is how the art critic Cosmo Monkhouse described the output of the Martin Brothers' studio in The Magazine of Art in 1882. Eccentric founder Robert Wallace Martin and his siblings Charles, Walter and Edwin epitomized the energy and experimentation of the nineteenth-century art pottery movement. They regarded pottery as a means of artistic expression, rather than a product of industrial manufacture, and were particularly inspired by the naturalistic and rustic flora and fauna forms of the sixteenth-century potter Bernard Palissy and Japanese art - the use of blank space in this underwater design shows the influence of Japanese print-makers.

This flask is typical of the Martin Brothers' grotesque and eccentric stonewares and demonstrates a unique blend of fantasy and imagination.

Physical description

Flask with cork stopper in metal mount. Salt-glazed stoneware with incised and painted decoration of fantastic fish.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Martin Brothers (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Salt-glazed stoneware with incised and painted decoration, cork and metal. The exterior was painted in a white slip, which was then incised. The incised decoration was then partly filled in and over-painted in brown before firing and salt-glazing.

Marks and inscriptions

'Martin Bros London & Southall 9-1900'
incised

Dimensions

Length: 25.4 cm including stopper, Width: 16.5 cm maximum

Object history note

Given by Miss N.V.Wade

Descriptive line

'Martin Ware' bottle, salt-glazed stoneware with incised and painted decoration, made by Martin Bros., London, 1900

Labels and date

Bottle 'Martin Ware'
made by the Martin Bros., London, England, 1900
Mark: 'Martin Bros London & Southall 9-1900', incised
Salt-glazed stoneware with incised and painted decoration

C.33-1974 Given by Miss N.V. Wade [23/05/2008]

Materials

Stoneware

Subjects depicted

Fish

Categories

Ceramics; Art Pottery

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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