Charger with Peacocks' Meeting
Date: c. 1890
Medium: Red lustre on glazed on earthenware
Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (8.9 x 40 cm)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 1984
Object Number: 1984-164
About: The peacock, like the sunflower, became one of the signature emblems of the Aesthetic Movement. The comic opera duo of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan spoofed the Aesthetes in both Patience (1881) and The Mikado (1885). In the latter, the character of Buttercup sings, “Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream; High-lows pass as patent leathers; Jack-daws strut in peacock’s feathers.”
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