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Vase with bead decoration: C.45-1972

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


vase with bead decoration


Pottery: Doulton & Co.
Decorator: Evans, Bertha (Perhaps)
Decorator's assistant: Dennis, Florence (Perhaps)




Salt-glazed stoneware vase, decorated with applied beads and coloured blue.

A thrown stoneware vase of ovoid shape, narrowing towards the base and with a tall, slim neck which flares into a trumpet mouth at the top. The exterior is covered in small beads, applied in regular, horizontal bands, the beads becoming smaller at the neck and base. The base and mouth are painted brown, and the whole covered in blue salt-glaze, giving a deep blue ground and deep blue points to the larger beads. The inside of the neck is blue. The underside is flat and unglazed, with a turned foot rim.


History note: Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read Collection; both died 1971; purchased from Thomas Stainton, the executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Bought with the Perceval Fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18.0 cm
Diameter: 7 in
Height: 37.0 cm
Height: 14.5 in

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972-10-19) by Handley-Read Estate


19th Century, Late#
Production date: AD 1880


Bertha Evans and Florence Dennis are listed, respectively, as senior and junior assistants at Doultons in the early 1880s, Bertha continuing until 1887 and Florence, who also worked on faïence, until 1891. Many of Doulton's artists were women, and in 1881/2 they presented an illuminated manuscript to Henry Doulton 'to take this opportunity of expressing our obligations to you for the origination of an occupation at once interesting and elevating to so large a number of our sex'. (see Dennis, part I).

Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles. Henry Doulton introduced decorative stoneware and architectural terracotta at Lambeth in the mid 1860s; over the next 50 years, he employed some 400 artists, many of them Lambeth School of Art students. Doulton championed individuality, innovation and versatility, and his modellers and decorators used a wide range of techniques and decorative treatments in producing both unique, artist-signed, and limited edition pieces. From 1872 the business expanded into faience and in the 1880s opened a factory at Burslem, Staffordshire, where bone china and other wares were made. In 1901, Edward VII granted the Royal warrant to the factory. Stoneware production at Lambeth reduced after 1914, and ceased in 1956.

This vase design was made by several Doulton decorators, with different glaze colours including brown and olive-green. A similar vase was exhibited in Philadelphia in 1876 and another at the Paris International Exhibition in 1878, and. Eyles (2002) shows a version dated 1883.

School or Style

Art Pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Cobalt oxide

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown stoneware, covered with beading and dark blue salt-glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Doulton rosette used c.1880-1891

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 1880
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: lower case e

  • Text: e
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: slanted line with three shorter lines, equidistant to each other, crossing it

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45-1972
Primary reference Number: 75154
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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