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Frill Vase: C.3067.2 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Frill Vase


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




Soft-paste porcelain vase with mask handles and bird finial, the sides and cover pierced, and decorated with applied flowers, and painting in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain, with pierced, and applied moulded, and modelled decoration, painted overglaze in green, bluish-green, yellow, pink, puce, red and purple enamels., and gilt. The beaker-shaped vase is spirally fluted up to about 3 cm below the rim. Above that the sides are pierced by diamond-shaped holes to form a trellis with small flowerheads at the intersections. About 5 cm up from the base there is an outward-curving 'frill' with a row of flowerheads above it. On each side there is a female mask surrounded by applied flowers, and on the front and back,, sprays of convolvulous and other flowers. Insects, moths, and butterflies are painted in the spaces. The domed cover is pierced by four sets of diamond-shaped holes each forming a diamond shape with raised spots at the edges and intersections. Above them are nine convoluvulous flowers and leaves surrounding a perching bird which forms the finial. The gilding is restricted to a gold line round the upper edge of the vase. One of a garniture of three vases.


History note: A.G. Perry, 25 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, from whom purchased by Dr Glaisher on 22 February 1921 with the other two vases in the set for £18. Mr Perry had bought them for £12.10.0 and had had the trellis repaired

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.6 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1765

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, puce) gold
Foot Diameter 7.3 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3067.2 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74357
Old object number: 4518b
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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