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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





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.


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


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

Credit Line

Gift of George Peabody Gardner