Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: A Horse from the Fair, 1840-50

The Sunderland Egg
"A Horse from the Fair"
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This lead-glazed earthenware egg, the size of a hen’s egg, is decorated with transfer-printed illustrations in purple.  On one side, it is adorned with a party of men and women in a rowing boat; and, on the other side with a galloping horse, with the inscription: “A Horse from the Fair.”

This egg was made in Sunderland, England between ca. 1840-1850.  It exists purely to be decorative.  

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