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Vase with bottle neck: C.20-1975

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


vase with bottle neck


Pottery: Doulton & Co.
Decorator: Bowden, Maud (Possibly)




Stoneware vase, with applied flower and leaf and bead decoration, painted in shades of green and glazed

Thrown stoneware vase, with bulbous body and long narrow neck, decorated with an applied string of beads around the bottom of the neck and a garland of applied flowers and leaves,with raised outlines, around the upper body, painted and salt-glazed. The flowers are pale blue, otherwise the whole is covered in a mottled olive-green, thinner on the neck and leaves and darker on the rest of the body. The inside of the neck is a mottled brown and olive-green. The underside is flat, with a turned foot-rim, and unglazed.


History note: Given by Mr D.D. Robinson

Legal notes

Given by Mr D.D. Robinson

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.0 cm
Diameter: 4.75 in
Height: 25.7 cm
Height: 10.125 in

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975-07-15) by Robinson, David Duncan


20th Century, Early
Circa 1921 CE - 1922 CE


Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles. Henry Doulton introduced decorative stoneware and architectural terracotta at Lambeth in the mid 1860s; over the next 50 years, he employed some 400 artists, many of them Lambeth School of Art students. Doulton championed individuality, innovation and versatility, and his modellers and decorators used a wide range of techniques and decorative treatments in producing both unique, artist-signed, and limited edition pieces. From 1872 the business expanded into faience and in the 1880s opened a factory at Burslem, Staffordshire, where bone china and other wares were made. In 1901, Edward VII granted the Royal warrant to the factory. Stoneware production at Lambeth reduced after 1914, and ceased in 1956.

The impressed factory number indicates that this is an example of Doulton’s ‘series ware’, executed by assistants to a senior artist’s design in an edition of a few dozen to c.1,000. Maud Bowden was one of the many long-service Doulton senior assistants, starting in 1903 and working through the Art Nouveau period, until 1937. Many of Doulton's artists were women, and in 1881/2 they presented an illuminated manuscript to Henry Doulton 'to take this opportunity of expressing our obligations to you for the origination of an occupation at once interesting and elevating to so large a number of our sex'. (see Dennis, part I).

School or Style

Art Nouveau

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours slip

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown stoneware vase, with applied decoration, painted in brown, mustard yellow and green, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Doulton in circular seal with lion above

  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: '8' impressed separately

  • Text: 8412
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: incised in script; could be 'MK'

  • Text: MB
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: impressed indecipherable characters

  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-1975
Primary reference Number: 73012
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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