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Vase: EC.2-1939

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, turuqoise, yellow, red, and black enamels, and gilt, after ajapanese Kakiemon original. The hexagonal vase is of ovoid shape, with convex shoulders, and straight neck. The sides are painted alternatively with ho-o birds among flowering foliage, and with peony plants. The shoulders are reserved with alternate quatrefoil panels of phoenix, and red flowerheads, on a ground of blue karakusa scrolls, and the neck has a red key fret border. A pair with C.1-1939.


History note: Sir Edmund Charles Nugent,Bart., West Hailing Hall, Norfolk, sold 26 April, 1929, The Nugent Hairlooms. The Property of the late Sir Edmund Chalres Nugent Bart, of West Hailing Hall, Norfolk,. Lot 170; bought for 16 guineas (presumably by C.H.B. Caldwell).

Legal notes

Given by C.H.B. Caldwell

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.5 cm
Width: 15.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Kakiemon vases of this type were copied at Meissen about 1730, but the exactness of the painting on this example and its pair indicates that they were copied directly from a Japanese Kakiemon example of about 1690. A Japanese pair is at Hampton Court Palace, along

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.2-1939
Primary reference Number: 131129
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 12 October 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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