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Figured vase: C.38-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Figured vase


Factory: Doulton & Co.
Designer and decorator: Thompson, Margaret E
Decorator's assistant: Webb, Minnie (Probably)




Buff earthenware , decorated underglaze with oxide colours and coated with clear lead-free glaze.

Tall, thin, baluster shaped vase decorated with an image of two ladies in long dresses conversing in a rose garden. One dress is a very pale pink, the other a very pale green, the other deep blue, the roses are pale pink with deep green leaves. The lady in the green dress wears a wide brimmed bonnet, tied beneath her chin with a ribbon. The figures and plants are outlined, and detail added, in black-brown. The image is set against a ground of green grass and blue sky. The inside of the neck is soft yellow. The underside is cream and glazed, within a foot-rim, as is the interior.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Height: 36 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


20th Century, Early
Circa 1900 CE - Circa 1914 CE


Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles. Henry Doulton introduced decorative stoneware and architectural terracotta at Lambeth in the mid 1860s; over the next 50 years, he employed some 400 artists, many of them Lambeth School of Art students. Doulton championed individuality, innovation and versatility, and his modellers and decorators (many of them women) used a wide range of techniques and decorative treatments to produce both unique, artist-signed, and limited edition pieces. From 1872 the business expanded into faience and in the 1880s opened a factory at Burslem, Staffordshire, where bone china and other wares were made. In 1901, Edward VII granted the Royal warrant to the factory.

One of a pair, the figures different but in similar style. Margaret E Thompson worked at Doulton from c.1900-c.1920. She painted faience in a style which featured flat areas of colour and clearly outlined figures, similar to those in children’s book illustrations of Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott in the late 19th century. Minnie Webb was a senior assistant who worked on both stoneware and faience.

School or Style

Art Pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours clear glaze
Base Diameter 12 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular mark - very faint

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: P2187
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: within a circle, around quatrefoil

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: MET
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: M.W.
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: A110
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: peeled away

  • Location: Inderside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.38-2023
Primary reference Number: 227183
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Updated: Wednesday 30 August 2023 Last processed: Thursday 31 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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