In folklore, giants are prodigious in size and strength. They are often portrayed as monsters and antagonists, but there are exceptions and some giants intermingle with humans in a friendly way. Fairy tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ have formed the modern perception of giants. The narrative originally appeared as The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean in 1734 and in this story the giant is named Gogmagog, while in other versions, the giant is named Blunderbore.
Jack, a poor country boy, trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans, which grow into an enormous beanstalk reaching up into the clouds. Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds himself in the castle of an unfriendly giant. Outwitting the giant, Jack is able to retrieve many goods once stolen from his family. Jack finally escapes by chopping down the beanstalk. The giant, who is pursuing him, falls to his death, and Jack and his family prosper.
Original candlestick figure developed from a range of historical sources. Handbuilt in terracotta, with hand coloured painted sprig decoration and spot gloss transparent glaze.