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Cloisonné ware vase (one of pair): C.29-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cloisonné ware vase (one of pair)


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




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

Small china vase with spherical body, flat base, tall everted neck and wide mouth. Decorated on the body with four gold-framed roundels, containing stylised geometric and floral patterns, and around the neck with stylised leaves and flowers, all very precisely and brightly painted over a turquoise ground. Around the rim two gold bands with a band of gold dots between. Interior and underside, within foot-rim, clear glazed.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8 cm
Height: 11 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: circa AD 1875 : 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 various manufacturers, including Minton and Linthorpe Pottery.

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Bone china, thrown, enamelled and gilded.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: (also other marks, indecipherable)

  • Text: l . l
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 2
  • Method of creation: Painted in turquoise, tiny
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: rounded 'E'

  • Text: E
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: P. / 425
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.29-2023
Primary reference Number: 239634
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 November 2019 Updated: Wednesday 30 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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