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Vase: EC.1-1939

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain vase, painted in enamels in Kakiemon style

Soft-paste porcelain vase, painted overglaze in blue, turquoise, yellow, red, and black enamels, and gilt, after a Japanese Kakiemon original. The hexagonal vase is of ovoid shape, with convex shojlders and straight neck. The sides are painted alternately with ho-o birds among flowering foliage, and peony plants. the shoulders are reserved with alternate quatrefoil panels of phoenix, and red flowerheads, on a groujnd of blue karakusa scrolls, and the neck with a red key fret border. A pair with EC.2-1939


History note: Sir Edmund Charles Nugent, Bart., West Hailing Hall, Norfolk; sold 26 April 1929, The Nugent Heirlooms. The Property of the late Sir Edmund Charles Nugent Bartl, of West Hailing Hall, Norfolk, lot 70; bought for 16 guin

Legal notes

Given by C.H.B. Caldwell

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.5 cm
Width: 1q5.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939-02-01) by Caldwell, C.H.B.


18th Century, Mid
George II
Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Circa 1753 CE - 1755 CE


Vases of this type were copied at Meissen, about 1730, but the exactness of the painting of this example and its pair indicate that they were copied directly from a Japanese Kakiemon example of about 1690. A Japanese pair is at Hampton Court Palace, along with other variants, and the type is known as a 'Hampton Court Vase'. The shape was also copied at Worcester about 1770-75.

School or Style


Components of the work

Deocration composed of enamel ( turquoise, yellow, red, and black)
Decoration composed of cobalt-blue gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a red anchor

  • Text: an anchor
  • Location: On interior of neck
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enaml
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 26th April, 1929. The Nugent Heirlooms. The Property of the late Sir Edmund Charles Nugent Bart., of West Hailing Hall, Norfolk. Lot 70. Beside which in blue-black ink 'Bought/for 16 guineas."
  • Location: Loose inside vase
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand-written in blue black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.1-1939
Primary reference Number: 131127
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 12 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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