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Vase: C.659 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood & Bentley
Etcher: Vien, Marie Thérèse (After)




Solid agate body, with cream-coloured handles bearing remnants of gilding; white marble plinth. Shape 1. Ovoid with pronounced shoulder, incurved neck with projecting ring round the top. On each side of the shoulder there is a satyr's head with long horns rising up to form handles and curving over to join the projecting rim. The vase is supported on a narrow circular foot with a short stem. The hole in the base for the attachment of the rod and nut has been filled in with a white composition.


History note: Unknown before testator

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.5 cm
Width: 12.9 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1769 - 1773


This form was no. 1 in the Wedgwood Shape Book. It was based on an etching by Marie-Therèse Reboul Vien (1729-1805), plate 13 in Suite de Vases composée dans le Goût de l'Antique, Paris, 1760, after designs by her husband, the painter Joseph Marie Vien (1716-1809).Gilding was not continued by Wedgwood for very long. Already on 6 February 1769 he wrote from London to Bentley in Burslem (MS E25-18227) on the subject of stopping

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Components of the work

Handles composed of gilt ( remnants) cream-coloured earthenware
Body composed of agateware ( solid)
Plinth composed of white marble

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.659 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 11648
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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