Object Statement'The swan vase', earthenware, painted by John Holloway, modelling attributed to Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, made by Wedgwood and Sons, Etruria, Staffordshire, England, 1875, shown at Sydney and Melbourne international exhibitions, Australia, 1879 and 1880
Physical DescriptionA massive three-handled white porcelain vase modelled in lead-and tin-glazed earthenware with moulded sculptural components and hand painted decoration.
The body of the vase is ovoid in shape and hand painted, featuring three main maritime scenes, three floral motifs and a series of nautical and scientific motifs. The three main scenes are enclosed within three ovular white frames, while the floral motifs, situated between these scenes are also circled in the white frames.
The first of these scenes displays a group of large and medium ships sailing away from two figures in a small wooden boat. The second features two large ships in the foreground with others in the background. The ships are sailing away from the mainland, with the closest hoisting its sails. The third scene comprises a large floating lighthouse ship, with the letters 'GOODW' on the side. The lighthouse ship has three lanterns atop three masts. The second ship is being guided through the rough seas and heavy winds. The letters 'RE / 5" can be seen on the sails.
The vase has three curved handles, located above the floral motifs which are painted in a flower petal design.
The base of the vase consists of three white swans, standing back to back amongst lily pads, ferns and water plants, with outstretched wings and heads down. The swans stand on top of a tripod stepped stand, hand painted with seaweed and water plants. Above the swans, on a flat platform, sits a circular metal plate with a metal bolt, which the vase's body can be secured to.
The lid of the vase is slightly domed, and decorated with scenes of painted seaweed and water plants. It is crowned with a white cherub figure riding a swan, which is swimming in a blue pond.
MarksThe vase has impressed markings for the Wedgwood factory including a date code for 1875.