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Vase: C.28-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Maker: Iceni Pottery
Designer: Cowlishaw, William Harrison ((probably))




Thown and glazed vase.

Ovoid, with slightly everted neck, standing on thin, wide foot-ring. The lower part of the body is covered with a mottled green glaze, which has run vertically, suggesting feathers. Above is a streaky, purplish glaze, applied after the green and running over it, which continues inside the neck. The upper glaze is thick and very finely bubbled, giving a lustrous effect. The underside is slightly recessed and glazed with the green mottle.


History note: Mr Robert Garnett, brother-in-law to William Harrison Cowlishaw (1870-1957), the proprietor of the pottery, by whom given to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L.Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.2 cm
Height: 7.25 in
Width: 15.2 cm
Width: 6 in

Place(s) associated

  • Letchworth Garden City ⪼ Hertfordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


20th Century, Early
Production date: circa AD 1910


The Iceni Pottery was founded and run by the architect William Harrison Cowlishaw (1870-1957) from 1907 until 1914, when the outbreak of war caused the pottery to close. A member of the Art Workers’ Guild, Cowlishaw designed most of the wares, including all 50 of the pots exhibited at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition of 1912; he also designed needlework and illuminated manuscripts. Cowlishaw was interested in imitating Oriental glazes, as on this vase, and Iceni wares are sometimes lustred; the use of leadless glazes was highlighted in the use of a stamp which read ‘Iceni Leadless Letchworth’ (though not used here). Iceni vases and tiles are hand-made; many were originally sold at ‘The Pottery Shop’ on Leys Avenue, Letchworth.

School or Style

Art Pottery
Arts and Crafts (movement)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

(probably) Stoneware
pinky-purple, and mottled blue-green leadless glaze Coloured glaze ware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown and twice glazed
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'The Iceni Pottery Co. Garden City, Letchworth. Des. No. 92. Col. No. E Leadless Glaze.'
  • Location: On pot on acquisition by donor, but no longer on pot
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Mod.307. Ovoidal jar with imitation of Oriental glazes. Made at Letchworth. Given me by Mr R Garnett, August 1910’
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label, handwritten in black script
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28-1928
Primary reference Number: 74093
Old object number: 307
Old object number: C.132-1928
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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