A few weeks ago I was demonstrating turning at Hever Castle in Kent and fell in love with these huge pots.
Doing my research afterwards it turns out they were collected in Italy by Lord Astor in the early 20th Century and are thought to be from Pompeii. Wherever they are from I adore the presence of them, the gorgeous form on such a large scale. They remind me a lot of the pots of Svend Bayer, the small base with gradually tightening curve. I wonder where they lived in Pompeii and what function they served, storing olives or oil perhaps? This is one of Svend’s