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Vase and cover; hard-paste porcelain; later cover of bone china; hexagonal; decorated with applied leaves and flowers, top of each branch broken off, probably in firing; cover surmounted by knop of pomegranate form; four panels of landscape scenes, one with well, grouped in twos and painted puce and blue, alternate with panel of birds in landscapes; each panel separated from next by gilt leaf trail entwined around two lines; stylised gilt ornament around top of vase and on neck; cover decorated with coloured flying bird in each panel, and green and pink finial; gilt diaper and stylised leaf ornament; unmarked.
- Production date
1770 (vase; circa)
Height: 42 centimetres (with cover)
Height: 30.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1987
The cover, according to a manuscript label stuck to it, was 'copied from a similar one belonging to a Bristol Vase of Mr. F. Fry's Bristol' and 'was made at Worcester in 1869'.
The elaborate shape and extensive painted decoration are perhaps an (unsuccessful) attempt to imitate contemporary Worcester porcelain vases. The painting is somewhat crudely executed in a rather muddy palette. Pieces such as this were intended to form part of a garniture of three, five or seven vases for a mantelpiece or commode.
The scene depicting a well is perhaps distantly related to a figure scene known as 'the Draw Well' engraved by Robert Hancock, while the other landscape scenes painted in 'sticky' overglaze colours, are of a conventional character.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun 10-Jun 15, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd, 'International Ceramics Fair and Seminar'
1970 May-Jun, Bristol City Art Gallery, 'Bristol Porcelain Bicentenary Exhibition 1770-1970', no. 15
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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