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Vase: C.23-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage




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




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

Tall moulded earthenware straight-sided vase with fluted foot and rim; a thin strap handle, modelled with a ‘buckle’, rising from above half-way to rim on either side. Decorated with highly stylised tube-lined flower and foliage design in shades of pale turquoise-green and ochre, against a mottled green ground. The inner surfaces and underside covered with a ochre-tinged clear glaze.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12 cm
Height: 30 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 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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: flourish around ‘LTD’

  • Text: MINTON LTD.
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: No.22
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Stamped in black
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: (also a reverse 's')

  • Text: B
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown
  • Type: Marks
  • Text: ? in circle
  • Location: Underside of footrim
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Year cypher

Inscription present: v. small; a

  • Text: MINTON LTD
  • Location: Underside of foot-rim
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Marks
  • Text: 3371
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: two parallel lines

  • Location: Underside of foot-rim
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-2023
Primary reference Number: 227330
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 6 August 2019 Updated: Wednesday 30 August 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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