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Tall slim vase (one of a pair): C.20-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Tall slim vase (one of a pair)


Factory: Minton
Designer: Wadsworth, John
Designer: Solon, Léon Victor




Earthenware, moulded and decorated with slips, oxides, enamels and coloured glazes.

One of a pair of tall slim earthenware vases, with straight sides rising from a rounded base to a widened upper rim moulded to suggest the shape of a woman’s ball-gown. Decorated on each sided with an olive coloured leafy branch flowing upwards from an olive coloured band around the base to three tube-lined flowers decorated with turquoise and purple glazes. Outside the flowers, covered insided and out with a pale green glaze. Underside slightly indented.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.9 cm
Width: 9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2023) by Smythe, Ian and Rita


20th Century, Early
1903 CE - 1914 CE


Léon Victor Solon (1872-1957) joined Minton in 1895, and John Wadsworth (1879-1955) in 1902. From 1903, they led the introduction of Minton ‘Secessionist Ware’, range of vases, plates, teapots, jardinières and other items featuring Art Nouveau designs applied to new elongated shapes and accentuated by tube-lining. Solon favoured sinuous figurative and foliate designs, Wadsworth’s tend to be more rationalised and restrained. 'Secessionist Ware' was produced until 1914.

School or Style

Art Nouveau

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MINTON
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised stamp
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: [other incised marks indecipherable]

  • Text: S.
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 3336
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-2023
Primary reference Number: 226723
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 9 April 2019 Updated: Wednesday 30 August 2023 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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