Skip to main content

Autumn foliage jardinière: C.7-1980

An image of Jardinière

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Autumn foliage jardinière


Pottery: Doulton & Co.




Stoneware jardinière, decorated with impressed leaves, painted and salt-glazed.

A large, thrown, stoneware pot, the sides of which curve upwards and outwards in a convex curve from the base, contracting at the top into a short, cylindrical neck. The sides are decorated with the impression of four laurel leaf sprays, filled with shades of olive-green and brown, which appear to float in the sky. The background is thinly painted in blue, over a cream-grey ground covered with a raised leaf pattern. The neck is painted inside and out in mottled blue and olive-green; there is a raised brown band where it joins the body, matching a thin brown ring which forms the foot. The interior is unpainted and lightly glazed at the bottom. The underside is flat and unglazed, except for the rim.


History note: Purchased as furnishing at an unrecorded date and accessioned in 1980.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 32.5 cm
Diameter: 12.75 in
Height: 25.5 cm
Height: 10 in

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought by Unknown


20th Century, Early
Circa 1902 CE - 1922 CE


Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles.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 is an example of Doulton's 'Autumn Foliage Ware', originally known as 'repoussé ware'. Real leaves were pressed into the soft clay and then removed to leave a faithful impression; autumn tints were used for the colouring, often with a mottled background. The technique, mainly used for planters, bulb-bowls and vases but also on other items, was popular and large numbers of Autumn Foliage pieces were produced between 1883 and c.1914, and a few later examples up to the 1950s. The impressed number on this example indicates that it is series ware. Doulton made a wide variety of series ware fern and flower pots from c.1875-1915, limited editions designed by a senior artist and executed by assistants in quantities of a few dozen up to c.1,000. The circle, lion and crown mark indicates that this jardinière was made between 1902 and c.1922.

School or Style

Art Pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours slip
Base Diameter 16.3 cm Diameter 6.5 in
Rim Diameter 27.0 cm Diameter 10.75 in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown and salt-glazed stoneware decorated with impressedl leaves and painted in olive-green, brown and greyish-blue.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circle, crown and lion mark

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 672
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: D
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: perhaps an ornate 3, G, E or M

  • Method of creation: Incised script
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1980
Primary reference Number: 75913
Stable URI

Audit data

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Autumn foliage jardinière" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-07-24 04:15:05

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Autumn foliage jardinière |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-07-24 04:15:05|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Autumn foliage jardinière"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Autumn foliage jardinière</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...