Skip to main content

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

Relative size of this object

19.3 cm31 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 1720s
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
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 30 January 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Vase and cover" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-08-10 00:30:28

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Vase and cover |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-08-10 00:30:28|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...