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Vase: C.2422-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Greek A Factory
Proprietor of factory: Marsveld, Pieter Janz van




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue. The vase has a pear-shaped body laterally compressed and moulded on the front with a rococo-scrolled panel with a grotesque mask and ring at the bottom. This rests against the upper part of the oval base which is concave underneath. The upper part of the panel is decorated with a a flying bird and Chinese-style flowering plants, and the lower part with two ducks on a blue ground. The panel is edged by a blue line and with projecting sprigs of foliage and at the top has covered urn. The back of the vase is decorated with a spray of foliage with three stems, and there is a line around the edge of the base and sprays of foliage on either side of the ring at the base of the panel. The underside is marked with 'A' underlined over 'DVMV'.


History note: Purchased in 1893 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.2 cm
Width: 10 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early
Circa 1796 CE - 1811 CE


The mark indicates that the vase was made during the period when the Greek A Factory was directed by Pieter Janz van Marsveld, 1796-1811. In 1786 he had married Petronella, the widow of the previous owner, Jan van den Biel (d. 1783), and after her death in 1794, ran it with her daughter until 1796 when he became sole proprietor until 1811.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high temperature colour ( blue derived from cobalt)
Surface composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A underlined over PVMV
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2422-1928
Primary reference Number: 73496
Old object number: 172
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 October 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 1 November 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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