Butter Tub

ca. 1830 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This small container was used for butter, porridge or other foods in Norway in the 19th century. It is constructed like a barrel with vertical sections, or staves, held by horizontal bands. Dried rushes were packed into the joints to prevent leaks. The tub was originally painted with an inscription, now much worn, and the date 1830.

In 1891 the Museum was given the opportunity to choose items from a large collection of Norwegian painted and carved wooden objects which belonged to Mr Herbert Ingleby. He had apparently formed his collection during his travels in Norway. The curator, A.B. Skinner, chose a selection including jugs, bowls, cups, mangling boards and boxes which he recommended as useful for the study of different forms of carving and of painted designs. As well as displays in South Kensington, the Museum circulated collections of similar objects around regional museums and art colleges.


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

  • Butter Tub
  • Lid
Materials and Techniques
Carved and painted wood
Brief Description
Butter or porridge tub, of carved and painted wood, with curling acanthus ornamentation; Gudbrandsdal, ca. 1830
Physical Description
Porridge or butter tub, carved and painted wood. Curling acanthus ornamentation. The paint on this tub was added later in the 19th century.
Dimensions
  • Height: 28cm
  • Diameter: 24cm
Object history
Densely curling acanthus was a chief element in the baroque style from about 1650. It did not reach Norway until about 1700, and became part of folk art, in which it continues until this day. The paint on this tub was added later in the 19th century.
Subject depicted
Summary
This small container was used for butter, porridge or other foods in Norway in the 19th century. It is constructed like a barrel with vertical sections, or staves, held by horizontal bands. Dried rushes were packed into the joints to prevent leaks. The tub was originally painted with an inscription, now much worn, and the date 1830.



In 1891 the Museum was given the opportunity to choose items from a large collection of Norwegian painted and carved wooden objects which belonged to Mr Herbert Ingleby. He had apparently formed his collection during his travels in Norway. The curator, A.B. Skinner, chose a selection including jugs, bowls, cups, mangling boards and boxes which he recommended as useful for the study of different forms of carving and of painted designs. As well as displays in South Kensington, the Museum circulated collections of similar objects around regional museums and art colleges.
Collection
Accession Number
594&A-1891

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record createdMay 25, 2005
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