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Fluted vase: C.120-2015

Object information

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Fluted vase


Factory: Wedgwood
Designer: Wilson, Norman




Red earthenware, thrown and fluted, partly slip coated and glazed inside and out.

Vase, semi ovoid shape with flattened shoulder and narrow, slightly flared neck. Parallel flutings run from the base to just before the neck, which bears a band of small relief dots. The outside is coated with off-white slip, rubbed off to expose the red clay on the edges of the flutings and the neck dots, and clear glazed. The interior is fully glazed in blue-black. The underside has a foot-rim, within which it is slightly concave, slip coated and glazed.


History note: Unknown before Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew's, Fife. On loan since 2006.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Width: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Barlaston ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


20th Century, third quarter#
Elizabeth II
Circa 1960 CE - Probably 1963 CE


Norman Wilson (1902-85) learned his trade working in his father’s china works while studying at North Staffordshire technical College, where he won a silver medal and, later, lectured. He joined Wedgwood as Works Manager in 1927, and became joint Managing Director a few years before his retirement in 1963. His main contribution was in the technical modernisation of the factory, but he also created a number of decorative glazes (including the matt glazes used by Keith Murray and John Skeaping) and contributed to the design of successful tableware series.

Wilson was inspired by Chinese ceramics, particularly those of the Sung Dynasty potters (960-1279 AD) which favour elegant shapes and rich glazes. His ‘Unique Wares’ feature a wide variety of forms and experimental glazes, sometimes using several glazes on a single pot. His interest seems to have been mainly in design and chemistry and the finished vase or bowl was often thrown and glazed by others. This shape is number 5101, which suggests a late date.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( off white) glaze

Materials used in production

Red earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, slip coated and glazed

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: N W
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 433
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 'O O' or 'O R'
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: 'Wedgwood' printed, remainder inscribed; label partly torn away

  • Text: WEDGWOOD / ‘N.W.WARE & GLAZES / VASE 6 ½ “ 5101 SHAPE / FLUTED ‘
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label, printed in blue, inscribed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.120-2015
Primary reference Number: 205004
Batchelor number: none
Entry form number: 648
Old object number: AAL.120-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 August 2015 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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