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Vase with tulip decoration: C.41-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Vase with tulip decoration


Factory: Doulton & Co.
Designer and decorator: Baigent, Agnes




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

Tall, thin, baluster shaped vase decorated with an image of pink tulips on green stems, set against a lavender ground which shades from deep colour at the base to very pale at the top and into the neck. 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: 33 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


Agnes Baigent, b.1875, worked at Doulton’s Lambeth Art Pottery from 1901-1910 as a faience department artist. She specialized in naturalistic floral ornament and designs in Art Nouveau style.

Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles.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.

School or Style

Art Pottery
Art Nouveau

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours clear glaze
Base Diameter 10 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L8086
  • 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: AEMB
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 302
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.41-2023
Primary reference Number: 227185
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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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