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Vase with peacock handles: C.9-1971

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Current Location: In storage


vase with peacock handles


Pottery: Doulton & Co.
Decorator: Stormer, Emily
Decorator's assistant: Brown, Rosina
Decorator's assistant: Rosevear, Letitia (Possibly)




Painted and glazed stoneware vase, with applied and incised decoration.

Thrown stoneware vase, decorated with applied beading and incised and relief designs, covered with cream slip, painted in dark and mid blue, buff and brown, and glazed. A baluster shaped vase on a flared foot with a tall, gently flaring neck. Two brown handles, placed on either side of the neck, are modeled as peacocks. The body is decorated with incised shapes, derived from leaves and other natural forms and filled with buff, blue and brown slips, set on a buff ground covered with a raised white vermicular pattern. There are two strings of applied beading around the neck, and another around the foot, arranged in a geometrical pattern. The inside of the neck is a greeny-blue, and glazed. The underside of the foot is turned and unglazed.


History note: Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Purchased from Richard Dennis

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.0 cm
Height: 12.5 in
Width: 18 cm
Width: 7.125 in

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1971-10-14) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, Late#
Circa 1891 CE - 1895 CE


Doulton and Co, founded by John Doulton around1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles. Henry Doulton, his son, 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.

Emily E. Stormer worked as a stoneware artist at Doulton from 1877- 1895; Rosina Brown was employed from 1979-1901, first as an assistant and later as a decorator; Letitia Rosevear is listed as a senior assistant from c.1882. 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). Stormer's decorating style, mixing a variety of techniques on a single pot, has similarities with Frank Butler's early work (see C.8-1871).

School or Style

Art Pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours slip
Foot Diameter 10.7 cm Diameter 4.25 in
Rim Diameter 11.5 cm Diameter 4.5 in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Salt-glazed stoneware, with applied and incised decoration, painted in dark and mid blue, buff and brown

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rosette mark used c.1891-c.1902

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 5752
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: 'EES', with underneath 's - s - y', incised in script

  • Text: EES/s - s - y
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: incised in script

  • Text: RB
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: r
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: h
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1971
Primary reference Number: 76375
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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

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