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Two handled vase: C.18-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Two handled vase


Factory: Minton & Co.
Designer: Wadsworth, John
Designer: Solon, Léon Victor




Slip cast cream earthenware decorated underglaze, with clear and coloured glazes.

Vase of elongated bulbous shape with flared neck, slip cast in two parts and decorated with oxides, coloured glazes and enamels. Two opposing green-glazed handles, modelled as curling foliage, fall from neck to mid-body, attached to the pot at several points. Around the body, a design incorporating naturalistic flowers and foliage changes colour from red-brown at the bottom, rising through mid-green and olive green to red-brown at the neck, all on a cream ground. Underside, within foot-rim, and interior clear glazed.


History note: Lent by Rita Smythe

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 15.5 cm
Height: 30.3 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
Edward VII
Production date: circa AD 1909 : possibly 1913


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. This vase may have been designed by Solon, though the decoration is not slip trailed.

School or Style

Art Nouveau

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: MINTON across globe with crown over / ENGLAND

  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Printed in brown
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 15
  • Location: Undersdie
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: very small

  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Marks

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18-2023
Primary reference Number: 239670
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 26 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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