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Two-handled Vase in Antique Style: C.44-1972

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Current Location: In storage


Two-handled Vase in Antique Style


Samuel Alcock and Co.




Earthenware, decorated with classical figures and ornament in polychrome enamels and gilt reserved in a bright blue background.

A tall vase of amphora form with strap handles from shoulder to neck and flaring mouth. The body is decorated with two scenes of six figures in classical dress, one figure a woman. On one side the figures are running with a winged horse, and carrying torches. On the other the woman plays two long pipes and the men dance. The mouth of the vase is decorated with vine scroll; the shoulders and neck with bands of mistletoe, Greek key, anthemion and vitruvian scroll, and the foot with an egg and dart border. The handles and rim are gilt. The inside of the mouth is cream and glazed, with two gilt bands. The underside is deeply recessed, and glazed, with a broad un-glazed foot rim.


History note: Charles and Lavinia Handley Read; purchased from Thomas Stainton, executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Purchased with the Perceval Fund and with Grant-in-Aid from the Victoria & Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 52 cm
Height: 20.5 in
Width: 24.5 cm
Width: 9.625 in

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972-10-19) by Stainton, Thomas


Circa 1860 CE - 1862 CE

School or Style

Greek style
High Victorian

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze ( presumed lead glaze) enamel gold
Base Width 14.5 cm Width 9.75 in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, decorated in polychrome enamels and gilt reserved in a bright blue background.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: words inside oval decorated border

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: the S and A a monogram

  • Text: SA & Co
  • Location: Underside of base, beneath the oval
  • Method of creation: Transfer printed in black
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: three lables giving Cassell’s, Owen Jones and Art Journal references (see documentation)

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper labels, handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1972
Primary reference Number: 75111
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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