lcar, on 09 August 2011 - 08:00 AM, said:
Can you imagine the original, while it was still moist clay? i think it would have been fantastic. I too ,would love to hear the story behind it.
A little info.....
'The Rhinoceros Vase, designed by Thomas Brameld and painted by Edwin Steele (1803-71). Painted and gilded porcelain. Yorkshire, England, c.1826.' ...... at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England.
also has a wonderful close up of the rhino on a field of flora, atop the piece.
I love the whimsical look of the clawed feet on the bottom...
Some additional info on Thomas Brameld....
'Thomas Brameld, designer of this piece, was proprietor of the Swinton Pottery on the estate of the wealthy Earl Fitzwilliam. From at least 1818, Brameld severely strained his resources by attempting to manufacture porcelain. His eventual bankruptcy in 1825 was, however, happily resolved by the intervention of the Earl, who thenceforward underwrote the factory's debts. Earl Fitzwilliam also allowed them to name the pottery works after his famous forebear, the Marquis of Rockingham, and to use his griffin crest as a mark.'
That information is among other info and additional enlargeable sharp images at this V & A link
The V & A link also adds.... ' This fantastic vase was certainly made as an eye-catcher. It was probably used to advertise the technical and artistic skill of the Rockingham factory in a London shop or showroom.'