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Frill Vase: C.3068-1928

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Frill Vase


Derby Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porclelain, with pierced shoulder, decorated with applied flowers, foliage, and a frill, and painted in enamel colours, and gilding

Soft-paste porcelain, pierced, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, and pink enamels, and gilt. The base is partly glazed and has three patchmarks. Of baluster shape with vertical fluting stopping at the rounded shoulder which is pierced with panels of openwork studded with small yellow-centred blue flower heads. The short neck is pierced by six holes and has a band of gilding round the rim. On each side is a female-mask surrounded by applied pink flowers and leaves. Round the lower part there is a 'frill' of blue and yellow projecting shells, with yellow-centered pink flower heads. The underside of the 'frill' is decorated with moulded white glazed flower heads. Each side of the body is decorated with two curved sprays of applied flowers and foliage. The flared foot has a band of gilding and scattered flower heaads.


History note: Purchased at Sotheby's, 16 July 1918, lot 414, attributed to Chelsea, for about £3.10

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 26 cm
Width: 19.6 cm

Relative size of this object

19.6 cm26 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 1765 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Deocration: composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, pink) gold Decoration:

Materials used in production

presumed lead; except for part of base Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, pierced, painted in blue, green, yellow, and pink enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square brown-stained label with two canted corners edged in black

  • Text: 4519 Derby of with various masks & flowers and perforated squares at Sothebys Lot 16 (?96) 1918
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3068-1928
Primary reference Number: 74360
Old object number: 4519
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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