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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 145

Vase

1868 (dated)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This vase shows both Egyptian and Japanese influence. It is typical of Minton's output in the 1860s and 1870s when the firm became increasingly interested in producing wares in an 'exotic' style, in keeping with public enthusiasm for the decorative motifs of the 'orient'. The designer Christopher Dresser, to whom the design of this vase is attributed, exerted great influence on Minton wares at this time. Dresser began supplying Minton with designs for tablewares and ornamental pieces in the late 1860s and many of these made it into production. Dresser was well travelled and drew his inspiration from a number of decorative sources, making it often difficult to define his work by a particular style.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bone china painted in enamel colours with gilding
Brief Description
Vase, probably designed by Christopher Dresser, made by Minton. England; 1868
Physical Description
Bone china vase painted in enamel colours with gilding. Main body turquoise with gold dash design around shoulder. Neck of gold ground decorated with four-petaled flowers in white and red with green stem on which are three leaves, the flowers are interspersed with triangular designs. The gilt base is japanese in style.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.6cm
  • At widest width: 13cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Minton' (impressed)
  • cipher mark for 1868 (impressed)
Gallery Label
Vase Designed by Christopher Dresser, Minton?, England C.163-1981(23/05/2008)
Object history
Bought from Dan Klein Ltd, London, on 30.10.1981 for £170
Summary
This vase shows both Egyptian and Japanese influence. It is typical of Minton's output in the 1860s and 1870s when the firm became increasingly interested in producing wares in an 'exotic' style, in keeping with public enthusiasm for the decorative motifs of the 'orient'. The designer Christopher Dresser, to whom the design of this vase is attributed, exerted great influence on Minton wares at this time. Dresser began supplying Minton with designs for tablewares and ornamental pieces in the late 1860s and many of these made it into production. Dresser was well travelled and drew his inspiration from a number of decorative sources, making it often difficult to define his work by a particular style.
Collection
Accession Number
C.163-1981

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record createdMarch 31, 2008
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