Eastern Inspiration - part III

George Clewes "Chameleonware" English Arts & Crafts Cylindrical Vase with Hand-Painted "Indian Flame" Motif (LEO Design)

We've been discussing "Aesthetic Adaptation," specifically the use of foreign design elements in another country's craft. But sometimes designers and craftspeople lift ideas from an earlier time in their own culture's past. One example happened during the Arts & Crafts period, when earlier Gothic elements were reinterpreted and utilized some 800 years later. Like with cross-cultural adaptations, the aesthetic needed to be modified and translated for a contemporary taste.

The piece above is one of several in our collection by George Clewes.  It was made during the late English Arts & Crafts period, around 1920. The "Indian Flame" decor is hand-painted in a sophisticated craft-like style. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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