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Vase with figures and animals: C.926B-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Vase with figures and animals


Production: Neale & Co. (Probably)
Production: Wilson, Robert (d. 1801) (Possibly)




Lead-glazed earthenware covered with blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in polychrome enamels; a boy and girl standing on either side of the pedestal of a vase, with a dog and five lambs lying on the mound base below them.

White earthenware, press-moulded, covered with strongly blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in blue, turquoise-green, flesh pink, puce pink, orange, dark brown, grey and black enamels; the glazed underside is open up to the base of the vase, and has small slits under the lambs. The roughly oval base has an undulating surface and is coloured turquoise-green. Five pale grey lambs of different sizes recline across the front.. The base rises up into a mound in the middle and has a projecting ledge on which is a reclining black dog. Behind it is the stepped base of a tall pedestal which supports the vase, and has on the front a rectangular panel decorated with a putto holding a palm. The edges of the two steps and the edges of the pedestal are outlined in dark brown. A grey-haired girl wearing a low-necked white gown spotted in turquoise and orange and having blue edges and belt, stands on the left of the pedestal, and on the right is a grey-haired nude boy partly covered by a puce and turquoise drape. Their inside arms rest on the back of the fluted circular foot of the vase. Its upper part is of a flattened and shaped oval form with two strap handles rising above the wavy rim, Its lower part has bats' wing fluting picked out in blue; above on each side are two garlands of puce flowers and foliage suspended from a raised blue band around the shoulder; and the area below the rim has border of blue striations. The edges of the handle and its leaf terminals are outlined in blue. One of a pair with C.926A-1928


History note: Stewart Acton, Brighton, from whom purchased for £35 with its pair on 22 April 1918 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1790 - 1795


James Neale (b. 1837) was a London china merchant, who took over the Church Works in Hanley from Humphrey Palmer in 1778. Neale was not a potter, and engaged Robert Wilson to manage the factory. By 1783, and probably as early as 1781, Neale had returned to his London business. In 1791 Wilson took over the ownership of the factory from Neale, and continued to run it until about 1798 when his son David took over the management. Robert Wilson died in 1801. It is possible that this vase was made during the period when Robert Wilson was proprietor of the factory.

One of a pair with C.926A-1928. The object is unmarked but is similar to one marked NEALE & CO.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise-green, flesh pink, puce pink, orange, dark brown, grey and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( strongly blue tinted)
Base Width 18.5 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White earthenware, press-moulded, covered with blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in blue, turquoise-green, flesh pink, puce pink, orange, dark brown, grey and black enamels; the glazed underside is open as far as the base of the vase, and has small slits under the lambs

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with cut corners at the top and a blue line on all but the lower edge

  • Text: 4603b/Staffordshire vase/on high base, with/sheep and a dog on/the base, & 2 chil/dren leaning against/the plinth of the/vase./one of a pair/b. at Brighton/April 22, 1918
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick on label with a black line around the edge, the words printed in a circle within it, and the number written across the middle

  • Text: J.W.L. GLAISHER./COLLECTION printed 4603b hand written
  • Location: On inside of mound
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.926B-1928
Primary reference Number: 313146
Old object number: 4603
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 22 August 2023 Updated: Tuesday 19 September 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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