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Vase: C.52 & A-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Hexagonal covered vase, soft-paste porcelain, moulded and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels in Kakiemon style and gilt.

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 cover is similarly painted and banded in brown. A pair with C.51 & A-1930


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Leverton Harris

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
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 direct from Japanese Kakiemon originals from Arita, examples of which were in Queen Mary's collection at Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, or from Meissen copies of the 1730s. The pine, prunus and bamboo represent the Three Friends of Winter in Chinese scholarly tradition.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, blue, and turquoise) cobalt-blue gold
Whole Over Cover Height 32 cm
Whole 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: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.52 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 118402
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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