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‘Moonlight’ vase: C.65-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


‘Moonlight’ vase


Factory: Royal Doulton




Buff clay decorated with coloured slips and green lead-free glaze.

Vase of elongated ovoid shape decorated with a continuous design of three fruit-bearing trees against a backdrop of three cypresses and a bank of other trees. Fruit in orange-brown, trees in shades of blue and green, set on a ground of pale green. Thin green glaze. Surface marked with tiny horizontal incisions, into which glaze has sunk. Interior of neck pale green. Underside slightly indented and clear glazed, within foot-rim.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.7 cm
Width: 11 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: circa AD 1927


Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles.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

‘Barbotine wares’, hand-painted with coloured slips, were introduced between c.1890 and 1915 and, on a more limited scale, from c.1920-1939. ‘Moonlight’ design was introduced c.1927.

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown clay, decorated with coloured slips and glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: mark with crown and lion above

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.65-2023
Primary reference Number: 239242
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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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