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Vase: C.6.2 & A-1995

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Coalport Porcelain Factory
Decorator: Randall, John (Attributed)




Bone china vase and cover, moulded and decorated with a bird painting in enamel colours, over a pink and very pale green ground colour, and gilt.

Bone china, decorated with pink and very pale green ground colour, painting in polychrome enamels and gilding. The vases are moulded in two parts held together by a bolt. They have a circular base with three projecting stepped feet, an elongated ovoid body divided into three panels by projecting tapering pilasters, an almost flat shoulder and a cylindrical neck with a projecting rim. The domed cover has an elongated globular knob. The three side panels are decorated with one white cockatoo perching on a branch with dangling bunches of reddish-purple grapes, a white and an orange cockatoo perching on a branch, two white cockatoos perching on two branches, all with foliage in the background. The cover, shoulders and feet are decorated with three large pink panels and three narrow pale green panels edged by gilding. The panels on the body are bordered by pink ground colour dotted in gold, and the outside of the pilasters are pale green with gold edging.


History note: Geoffrey A. Godden, Worthing, from whom purchased by the vendor

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 43.2 cm
Height: 17 in

Place(s) associated

  • Coalport ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England
  • Madeley ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1995-01-23) by Simpkins, Roy


19th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1870 CE - 1875 CE


Godden (see Documentation) noted that this vase and its pair (C.6.2-1995) are analogous to a vase shown at the 1871 Exhibition and illustrated in the 'Art Journal'.

The porcelain painter, John Randall (1810-1910), was apprenticed in 1828 to his uncle, Thomas Martin Randall at Madeley China Works. He did not complete his apprenticeship, but in 1833 moved to the Rockingham porcelain factory in Yorkshire , where he spent two years. He returned to Shropshire, and in 1835 was engaged as a painter at the Coalport China Works. He remained with the factory until his retirement, some time before 1881, when he was recorded in the Census as employing three men and three boys in a 'Printing & Stationers Business'. From the beginning of his employment at the Coalport China Works, he specialised in bird painting. Parrots, cockatoos, and various birds of prey are particularly characteristic of his work c. 1850-75. During his career he decorated tableware, plaques. and vases.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome) gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Bone china vase and cover, moulded and decorated with a bird painting in enamel colours, over a pink and very pale green ground colour, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'S', 'C', 'N'
  • Method of creation: Gilt
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 'GODDEN/REFERENCE/COLLECTION', 'N10/Pair/Coalport/painted by/Randall'
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and inscribed in blue biro
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 'GODDEN/REFERENCE/COLLECTION', 'N10/Pair/Coalport/painted by/Randall'
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and inscribed in blue biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6.2 & A-1995
Primary reference Number: 137160
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 15 October 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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