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BM Bottle vase

Pompeii & Herculaneum collection for

The British Museum

£310     460w x 450h x 120d mm (approx)


Inspired by Roman urns and the wall paintings and frescos of Pompeii and Herculaneum, this decorative double sided vase is press-moulded from paper clay and is reminiscent of the archaeological relics excavated from Pompeii. The layered peeling edges are screen printed with sections of the Garden and Doves Fresco discovered at the House of the Golden Bracelet, on the western edge of Pompeii. During the firing process the this print deteriorates further, revealing glimpses of a mosaic pattern underneath.

Executed upon freshly laid plaster, the Fresco paintings of Pompeii became an integral part of the wall with the setting of the plaster. In a similar way, this vase has been created on plaster moulds and built up in layers.

Peeling Garden Fresco Urn



Inspired by the deteriorated wall paintings of Pompeii and Herculaneum this double-sided shallow vase is imprinted with textured wallpaper and reveals fragments of a face taken from a wall painting.

Shallow bottle vase

£32      160w x 90h x 80d mm


These teacups are inspired by a cup found preserved after the volcanic eruption and featured in the Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition.

Made from stoneware paperclay, the extended layered edges are printed with sections of fresco and mosaic patterns, which deteriorate during the firing process.

Fresco Teacup

£6      135w x 40h x 8d mm


These hanging bird decorations are inspired by the birds featured in many of the Pompeian frescos (painted walls) of garden scenes, including the one discovered in the House of the Golden Bracelet.

Fresco Hanging birds

This collection of ceramic pieces was commissioned by The British Museum for their exhibition 'Life and Death Pompeii and Herculaneum' 28th March - 29th September 2013.


Inspired by Roman urns and the wall paintings and frescos of Pompeii and Herculaneum, they were sold in the Grenville room shop for the duration of the exhibition.


This was the first exhibition ever held on these important cities at the British Museum, and the first such major exhibition in London for almost 40 years.

BM Urn BM Teacups BM Hanging Birds