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Vase decorated with flowers: C.42-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Vase decorated with flowers


Factory: Doulton
Decorator: Adams, Matilda S.




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

Vase with tall thin neck rising from bulbous body, decorated with rambling white single roses in green, cream and orange-brown, on brown ground which shades to cream on the neck. Brown rim and below it a green band outlined and marked in black. Interior undecorated. Pale brown-cream band around a protruding foot-rim; underside cream and glazed within rim.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.5 cm
Width: 17 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1878 : marked


Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles.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 and over the next 50 years employed some 400 artists, often former 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. Matilda S. Adams is recorded as a faience department artist from 1882-1886, but the date on this vase indicates she was already employed in 1978.

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Slip coated earthenware, decorated ubnder clear lead-free glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: around four small interlocked 'D's

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 1878
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: A
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: M s A / 724
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark green
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: M.S.
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black script
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42-2023
Primary reference Number: 239240
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 November 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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