An unusual and rare bath salts jar featuring images of male and female students and lecturers at a university in unusual scenes and in a state of undress.
This risqué jar was designed by John Verney and was made in commemoration of John Culpeper.
John Culpeper, who’s image features on the lid, was a botanist, physician, astrologist and herbalist. He was born in Ockley, Surrey in 1616 and died in London in 1654. He attended Cambridge University, and this may be the building in the background and its students and lecturers.
John Verney was an author, illustrator, painter, and soldier. He was born in 1913 in Paddington, London and died in 1993 in Clare, Suffolk. He attended Oxford University so this could also be the university building featured on the jar.
I have been unable to find any connection between the two men or an explanation of the subject matter.
The ceramic bath salts jar has an ivory background with blue illustrations. It has a crackled finish and measures approx. 12cm tall by 12cm wide. The lid has a rubber seal which secures the lid nicely.
There are six unusual risqué images around the sides.