This pierced and double-walled mug is a tour-de-force of the potter's art. It was thrown from a single lump of clay, with the potter raising two walls, one inside the other, which were then brought together, leaving a space in between, and raised further to make the neck. Once dried, the potter cut shaped openings in the outer wall of the body.
Morley was probably inspired by pierced, double-walled vessels of Chinese porcelain that were being exported to Europe in the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries (see the example in the adjoining gallery). Such pieces were known in China as ling-long work, after the tinkling sound of pierced jade chimes.
|Year Range from||1695|
|Year Range to||1705|
|Place of Origin||Made in Nottingham, England|
|Artist||Probably made by John Morley|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by W. Groke Mickey|
|On View||Reeves Center, European Gallery|
|Gallery ID Number||128|