Bleeding Heart Yard Vessel I
Bleeding Heart Yard Vessel I by ceramicist Charlotte McLeish is a hand-pinched terracotta piece depicting a fabled character from London folklore. The story of how Bleeding Heart Yard in Hatton Gardens got its name is a rather grim one. The legend goes that Lady Elizabeth, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, sold her soul to the devil in exchange for social and political success. On the night of a particularly lavish party the Devil grabbed Lady Elizabeth in full view of her guests, leaving her bleeding heart behind. This piece belongs to a collection of decorative works portraying scenes from stories and legends of old London. Charlotte has contemporised classical shapes and motifs by using modern ceramic techniques and her own playful storytelling.
Material: Terracotta, glazes and oxides
cm: Width 9.5cm, Depth 9.5cm, Height 12.5cm
inches: Width 3.7in, Depth 3.7in, Height 4.9in
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry or lightly damp cloth