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Potpourri jar and lid - Seabird


  • Object:

    Potpourri jar and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1962 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ballantyne, David (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salt-glazed stoneware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 29, shelf 2 []

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.

Physical description

Jar in the form of a bird with the lid formed as the head.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1962 (made)


Ballantyne, David (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Salt-glazed stoneware


Depth: 12.20 cm, Height: 12.50 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: see Circ.487-1962

Descriptive line

Pot-pourri jar and lid by David Ballantyne; stoneware; British; 1962.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery : the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, Oxford : Phaidon, Christie's, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990



Subjects depicted



Studio Ceramics; Images Online


Ceramics Collection

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