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Vase and cover: C.6 & A-1963

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted over glaze in blue, green, yellow, red, mauve, and black enamels, and gilded on the finial only. The base, the inside of the rim, and the underside of the rim of the cover are ungalzed

Hard-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels with flowering plants, two birds, and insects in, and gilded on the finial

Hard-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, mauve, and black enamels; the base and inside of the rim of the vase, and the flat underside of the rim of the cover are unglazed, The enamels on the cover are less bright, and the decoration includes gilding. Hexagonal with a short neck, curved shoulders and sides tapering inwards towards the base. The domed hexagonal cover has a deep internal flange, and a mushroom finial. It is extremely heavy for its size. The sides are decorated with two red birds perching on a mauve branch which projects to the viewer's right from a clump of polychrome flowering plants and has leaves and flowers on its end. The angle opposite to the birds is decorated with six small sprigs and there are two winged insects and several small sprigs and leaves on the shoulder. The neck has a border of red rectangular meander pattern. The cover is decorated with one red bird perching on a mauve branch extending to the left from a group of flowering plants with two gilded buds. The finial is decorated with a gold star.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Wilfrid Ariel Evill

Measurements and weight

Height: 31 cm
Width: 19.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1963-05-23) by Evill, Wilfrid Ariel


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1727 CE - 1730 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, red, mauve, and black) gold
Base Width 11.8 cm
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

presumed feldspathic Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: extremely faint, almost illegible

  • Text: AR monogram
  • Location: On unglazed base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue, now extremely faint
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6 & A-1963
Primary reference Number: 140337
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 31 July 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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