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Vase: C.37A-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
Decorator: Askew, Richard (Probably)




Soft-paste porcelain vase, decorated with an underglaze blue ground, and painted overglaze in puce enamel, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain vase, decorated with an underglaze 'mazarine'blue ground, heart-shaped reserves painted in puce enamel, and gilding. The slender ovoid body has a flaring trumpet neck and waisted circular feet, with two rococo scroll handles. The reserve on one side is painted in puce camaieu with Cupid holding a firebrand in his left hand and a bow in his right, standing on clouds with his back to the viewer, and the reserve on the other side with two putti seated on clouds, one holding an arrow, and the other a dove. The reserves are framed by a gold line and floral sprays, and the neck has a gold butterfly on each side.The fot and rim are encircled by gold bands.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.2 cm
Height: 6 3/4 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-06-13) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Circa 1765 - 1768


Depictions of putti, copied from engravings after François Boucher, were popular at Sèvres both en camieu and in polychrome, during the 1750s, and inspired the decoration of this vase. Cupids in pink camaieu and polychrome have been ascribe to Richard Askew, a painter who lived at Church Lane, Chelsea in 1761; by 1764 he had moved to Kings Road. He worked at Chelsea for a daily rate of 4s. 2d., probably as an outsider decorator, and in 1773 he left for Derby. See documentation.

School or Style

Sèvres style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( puce) cobalt-blue gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.37A-1932
Primary reference Number: 74722
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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