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Frill Vase: C.3067.1 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Frill Vase


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: William Duesbury & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain, pierced, painted in enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain moulded, pierced, painted in green, bluish-green, yellow, pink, puce, and iron-red enamels, and gilt. The base is smooth and unglazed. Of baluster form with vertical fluting stopping at the rounded shoulder which is pierced by lozenge-shaped holes forming panels of openwork studded with small yellow-centred bluish-green flower heads. The short neck is pierced by eight holes with eight raised spots between them. At each side there is a female mask surrounded by applied flowers. The lower part is encircled by a frill of green, puce, and yellow shells, projecting shells, and yellow flower heads. The body is decorated with four applied sprays off lowers and painted in the spaces with butterflies and insects. The fluted, flared foot is decorated with scattered bluish-green flower head. The high, domed cover has four perforated areas, each of four lozenge-shaped holes, and is surmounted by applied flowers, and a bird with outstretched wings. Gilding is restricted to a band round the edge of the cover, and eight raised spots on the neck. The central vase of a garniture of three vases.


History note: Purchased from A.G. Perry, 425 Cromwell Road, South Kensington on 22 February 1921 for £12.10.0d, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher and after repairs had been made to the trelliswork, the vases arrived in Cambridge on 5 March at a total cost of £18.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29 cm
Width: 18 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1760 - 1765

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, bluish-green, yellow, pink, puce, iron-red) gold
Foot Diameter 9.2 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3067.1 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74356
Old object number: 4518a
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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