Vase

English (Worcester)
about 1883
Made at Worcester Royal Porcelain Company, Ltd. (England)


Dimensions

Overall: 21.4 x 21 x 21 cm (8 7/16 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.790

Medium or Technique

Lead-glazed hard-paste porcelain with gilded and bronzed decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Ovoid body with three handles in the form of serpents.


During the 1870s the Worcester Porcelain Company responded to the fashionable craze for the exotic by experimenting with different forms, materials, and decorative techniques. Charles and William Binns, sons of the factory’s artistic director, probably were responsible for the matte glaze and the gold and bronze finishes used on this piece. Thomas Sanday designed the printed decoration, is based on a combination of Islamic ornament and Japanese pattern.

Markings

Printed factory mark. Impressed: 'U', 8, 655. Painted in gilt 'BK' and with a crescent around a circle. Shape no. 655 was first used in 1878, and is described in the archives as 'Vase'. Impressed mark 'U' indicates date letter for 18

Provenance

Gift of George Peabody Gardner (Accession date: June 3, 1920)

Credit Line

Gift of George Peabody Gardner