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Vase: EC.31 & A-1938

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea-Derby Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain covered perfume vase, decorated with a mythological scene and a Dutch genre scene in polychrome onglaze enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain covered perfume vase, painted in polychrome enamel-colours and gilt. Ovoid body with elaborate rococo handles and four scroll feet, the neck and cover pierced. The body is decorated with a turquoise oeil de perdrix ground and with two oval reserves, one painted with the Trojan women carrying away the body of Polyxena, the other with a Dutch genre scene in the manner of Teniers. The handles, feet and piercing are outlined in gold.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 43.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1938-06-16) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1771 CE - 1773 CE


This was probably the vase mentioned in the second part of the 1773 sale catalogue of Derby and Chelsea factories, 'A large perfume vase and cover, with a fine Mozaic ground, enamelled compartments, the Trojan dames bearing Polixenea to the place of burial, and richly finished with gold 171 .6s. 6d'. The scene on the front was copied from an engraved illustration by J. Leveau after C. Monet in Abbé Banier's 'Les Metamorphoses d'Ovide', vol. IV, 1771

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and decorated with a mythological scene and a Dutch genre scene in polychrome ong;aze enamels and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.31 & A-1938
Primary reference Number: 131256
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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