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Vase: C.51 & A-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft paste porcelain vase and cover, painted in polychrome enamels in Kakiemon style.

Soft-paste porcelain vase and cover, thickly potted, and painted overglaze in red, yellow, green, blue, and turquoise enamels, and gilt. The hexagonal ovoid vase has a straight neck, and stands on a flat, unglazed base. The domed cover has a quartered bun knop. The sides are painted with panels of turquoise karakusa scrolls with a central chrysanthemum on a red ground, alternating with panels of flowering pine, prunus and bamboo. The covers are similarly painted and banded in brown. A pair with C.52 & A-1930.


History note: The Right Hon. Frederick Leverton Harris (d. 1926); Mrs Leverton Harris

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Leverton Haris

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930) by Harris, Frederick Leverton, Mrs


18th Century, Mid
George II
Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Circa 1753 CE - Circa 1754 CE


Vases of this shape are often referred to as 'Hampton Court Vases'. They were made in at least three patterns at Chelsea. They may have been copied directly from Japanese originals, examples of which were in Queen Mary's collection at Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, or from Meissen copies of the 1730s.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, blue, and turquoise) cobalt-blue gold
Over Cover Height 32 cm
Vase Width 16 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: an anchor
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: an anchor
  • Location: Inside neck of vase
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 118401
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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