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91/397 Ceramic sculpture, 'Romulus and Remus with Wolf Mother', earthenware with 'sang-de-boeuf' glaze, designed and made by John Perceval, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia, 1961. Click to enlarge.

'Romulus and Remus with Wolf Mother' sculpture by John Perceval

Designed
John Perceval (b 1923) is an Australian painter who was involved with another prominent Australian artist, Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) in the establishment of the Arthur Merric Boyd pottery at Murrumbeena, Victoria in 1944. Although a wide range of highly important ceramic work evolved out of this pottery during the years that it operated (1944 to 1958), it was originally established mainly to produce domestic wares for a market experiencing wartime shortages. The pottery was also viewed as a …

Summary

Object No.

91/397

Object Statement

Ceramic sculpture, 'Romulus and Remus with Wolf Mother', earthenware with 'sang-de-boeuf' glaze, designed and made by John Perceval, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia, 1961

Physical Description

A figural group depicting the mythical infants Romulus and Remus with their wolf foster-mother. Broadly modelled in pale grey earthenware and glazed in an uneven deep red 'sang-de-boeuf' type glaze. Hand modelled details over wheel-thrown components. The dominant element in the composition is the large and roughly textured wolf mother depicted in a tenacious pose standing four-square and rigid on powerful legs. Her head points forward and the body slopes back to lean hindquarters and a slender curling tail. The ears are erect. The eyes are represented as holes pierced in the hollow body cavity as is the open mouth with pointed fangs and tongue. Along her belly there are two rows of teats and below these between her legs are the two infants Romulus and Remus. They are depicted as small playful imps, naked, half-seated, half lying with a tangle of chubby arms and legs. The group is glazed with an irregular deep red glaze giving an uneven mottled effect which contrasts with burnt black patches. Makers marks at various points on object.

A tray and crate have been custom made for these objects.

Marks

Signed "Perceval / 61" in black paint at five points (under both infants, under the neck and under two paws of the wolf)

Dimensions

Height

310 mm

Width

515 mm

Depth

300 mm

Production

Notes

Made by John Perceval at Murrumbeena Pottery, Victoria

Perceval began his series of ceramic sculptures around the angel theme in 1957. This is a culminative example from this series dating from 1961.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1991

Acquisition Date

31 May 1991

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Romulus and Remus with Wolf Mother' sculpture by John Perceval 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 May 2021, <https://ma.as/116925>

Wikipedia

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