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  • Place of origin:

    Lambeth (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1849 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A. J. F. Christy, Stangate Glass Works (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case 11

Object Type
Classical forms and decoration suggested education and taste on the part of the owner and this vase was made solely for show. Classical Greece was the most revered of ancient periods and, provided inspiration for many art forms. Companies such as that of J. F. Christy, whose speciality was painted decoration, looked to Greek 'red-figure' ceramics for ideas.

Design & Designing
Classical Greece pre-dates the invention of blown glass: what little glass is believed to have been made by the ancient Greeks consists of small cast objects or tiny flasks and bottles made of molten glass wound around a core of clay or other organic material. Since 19th-century glassmakers therefore had no ancient Greek examples to refer to, some glassmakers seeking to work in a classical style used wheel-engraved decoration on Greek-style pottery shapes. Here J. F. Christy has chosen the simplest, handle-less shape but seeks to imitate the ware itself with black glass and painting in red enamel. The source has not been identified for the image of a man, not quite a satyr with a tail only, holding the bridle of a rearing ass. In 1849 the company was given an award by the Society of Arts for 'specimens of enamelled glass' .

Physical description

Inscribed "Stangate, London" Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology

Place of Origin

Lambeth (made)


ca. 1849 (made)


A. J. F. Christy, Stangate Glass Works (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled glass

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'Stangate, London'
Makers's mark


Height: 33 cm, Diameter: 17.5 cm, Diameter: 10 cm base

Object history note

Made by the firm of John Fell Christy, Stangate Glass Works, Lambeth, London

Descriptive line

Stangate 'red figure' vase, England (Lambeth, London), made by J. F. Christy, 1845-1855.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wakefield(1961, p. 68, pl. 39a)
B. Morris, Victorian Table Glass and Ornaments, London 1978; p. 52, pl. 31

Labels and date

The vase is decorated in so-called 'Etruscan' style, copied after Greek red-figure pots. []
British Galleries:

In the 19th century, the art of ancient Greece was thought to have achieved perfection. Many artists and designers used Greek art as a source of inspiration or direct copying. The Greeks made very little glass, but painted pottery, like the 'red figure' vase to the left, provided inspiration for the shape and decoration of the glass vase to the right. [27/03/2003]


ELISE; British Galleries; Glass


Ceramics Collection

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