Seabird

Potpourri Jar and Lid
1962 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This miniature bird was created from a combination of very simple shapes, thrown on the wheel and then altered. The head is an upturned vase form, with an added beak. The body is created from two altered bowl shapes. The holes which contribute to the pot's function as a pot-pourri vase are also features of the bird - eyes, and decorative feathers on the breast and back.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Jar Body
  • Jar Cover
Materials and Techniques
Salt-glazed stoneware
Brief Description
Pot-pourri jar and lid by David Ballantyne; stoneware; British; 1962.
Physical Description
Jar in the form of a bird with the lid formed as the head.
Dimensions
  • Depth: 12.20cm
  • Height: 12.50cm
Object history
Acquisition details: see Circ.487-1962
Subject depicted
Summary
This miniature bird was created from a combination of very simple shapes, thrown on the wheel and then altered. The head is an upturned vase form, with an added beak. The body is created from two altered bowl shapes. The holes which contribute to the pot's function as a pot-pourri vase are also features of the bird - eyes, and decorative feathers on the breast and back.
Bibliographic Reference
Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery : the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, Oxford : Phaidon, Christie's, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.488&A-1962

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdJanuary 14, 2000
Record URL