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Tulip vase: C.25-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Tulip vase


Factory: Minton & Co.
Designer: Wadsworth, John
Designer: Solon, Léon Victor




Beige clay, moulded and decorated with underglaze transfers, slip trailing and coloured glazes

Mid-sized vase with wide, rounded base rising through a concave shape and long neck to small everted neck rim. Exterior decorated at the bottom with transferred pattern of stylised pale green leaves, upper part with four tall slip-trailed tulips surrounded by falling petals, painted with ochre, white and pale green glazes. Inside neck groggy and clear glazed. Underside clear glazed.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13.5 cm
Height: 25 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
Edward VII
Production date: circa AD 1902 : perhaps


Early Secessionist ware was decorated with both transfer printing and slip trailing. Both the transfer pattern and the tulip design here are found on other Minton designs.

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 slip-trailing. 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

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References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-2023
Primary reference Number: 227174
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 14 May 2019 Updated: Wednesday 30 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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