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Vase: C.5-1947

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain vase, painted with a Chinese scene in red, yellow, green, blue and pink enamel, outlined in black and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain vase, painted in red, yellow, green, blue and pink enamel, outlined in black and gilt. The vase is of hexagonal, facetted flattened pear shape, with two facetted lug handles on the neck, and is supported on a flared foot. It is painted on one side in 'famille-rose' style with a Chinese lady seated by a table laid for tea, with a boy holding a sceptre. The reverse has a flowering shrub growing from rockwork, flanked by two floral branches. The neck is painted with scattered flower sprays, birds and insects, and the rim has a border of alternate stylised florettes and triangular green trellis diaper vignettes.


History note: From the Dr. Stanley sale, Sotheby's 30th January 1942, lot 49 (catalogue missing). From the Collection of the late Michael Moseley, sold by Sotheby's, 16th January 1946, Rare Meissen Porcelain, Continental and English Porcelain and Enamels, lot 2 (fetched £40); H.E. Backer from whom purchased.

Legal notes

Bought from H.E. Backer through the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.0 cm
Width: 15.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1947) by Backer, H.E.


Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1752 - 1755

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, blue and pink) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, painted in red, yellow, green, blue and pink enamel, outlined in black and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1947
Primary reference Number: 34363
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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