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Harvest ware vase: C.15-1996

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Harvest ware vase


Wade, Heath & Co. (Production)


Earthenware vase, hand-painted underglaze with stylised flowers and leaves.

Globular vase with a low, splayed foot and short, slightly everted neck. Cream earthenware decorated all over with large flowers and foliage painted in green, yellow, dark pink and purple under clear glaze. Interior glazed. Underside slightly concave and glazed, within a wide unglazed foot-rim.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Muriel Elizabeth Webb, Saffron Walden, 1996

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.2 cm
Height: 21.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1996) by Webb, M. E., Mrs


Mid-20th Century
Circa 1947 CE - Circa 1955 CE


Wade family potteries are recorded from 1867. The ‘Pottery Gazette’ of April 1895 notes that J W Wade & Co. made flower-pots and vases with ‘bright and gay floral decoration on a light groundwork’ as well as ‘tiles far above the average’. By 1935, Wade, Heath and Co. at the Royal Victoria Pottery was one of three Wade companies operating in Burslem, making teapots, vases, flower jugs and 'fancies'. After the War years, when production turned to tea, dinner-wares and heavy white ware for the forces, Harvest ware was made from c. 1947-55, often coated or dipped in copper lustre. In the 1950s, Wade became best known for its small, collectible animal and nursery-rhyme figures known as ‘Wade whimsies’. The last Wade factory in Burslem closed in 2010, when the Wade Allied Holdings opened a new, state-of-the-art factory in Stoke-on-Trent, where it now produces luxury ceramic packaging such as commemorative decanters and whisky flagons.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of pigments clear glaze Base Diameter 11.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware painted in green, yellow, dark pink, purple and brown under clear glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'HARVEST' describes a semi-circle, other words straight

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: C
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-painted in green
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 343
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-1996
Primary reference Number: 72152
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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