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Cloisonné ware vase: C.27-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cloisonné ware vase


Factory: Minton & Co.
Dresser, Christopher (Possibly)




Bone china, thrown and turned, painted with coloured enamels and gilded.

Small bottle vase with bulbous body over a flared foot and tall, narrow, shaped neck. Decorated with a precisely painted, naturalistic sprig of raspberry, or similar, flowers and fruit which circles the body, also appearing on the neck. Painted in shades of green, pink and white over a turquoise ground, with gilded band at foot, base of neck and rim and gilded stamen.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11 cm
Height: 19.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Mid#
Production date: AD 1863 : perhaps


Minton introduced cloisonné’ ware in the 1860s. Thought to be developed by Louis Arnoux, it imitated the ancient Chinese technique of separating enamel colours with fine wire by precise painting and gilding on a turquoise ground. The finely painted botanical design is perhaps by Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), who originally trained as a botanist, held scientific and art botany professorships and imported Japanese and oriental wares. Dresser produced designs for manufacturers, including Minton and Linthorpe Pottery.

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MINTON
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed, small
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: small diamond containing circle

  • Method of creation: Printed in grey
  • Type: Date mark
  • Text: 22
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: very faint - indecipherable

  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27-2023
Primary reference Number: 229654
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 3 September 2019 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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