Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Leering Jugs

It's the stuff of nightmares. Unnamed horrors conjured out of clay by an insane family of Victorian potters, the Martin Brothers. Wallace, Water, Charles and Edwin worked from their studio in Southall, Middlesex from the 1870s until the business closed after the First World War. The grotesques presented here are probably their most vile/whimsical pieces, depending on your point of view. Other designs were of a gaudy but more commercially acceptable nature.
A selection of mostly 'spoon-warmers' (sounds like a euphemism to me)

The art of the Victorians, unfashionable for so long, has returned to favour in recent times. Based on the merits of these pieces I would suggest that the jury should stay out.

1 comment:

  1. Great items to work a Kneale-meets-MRJ TV film around - VERY creepy.