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  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    1846-1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Copeland & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Parian ware, moulded in relief

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 19, shelf 4

Physical description

Vase of 'Parian ware,' moulded in relief. Amphora-shaped, the imbricated handles springing form bearded masks. A copy of an antique glass vase, probably of the first century after Christ, known as the "Portland vase," now in the British Museum, which was found in a marble sarcophagus in the Monte del Grano, near Rome. The figures have been interpreted as, on one side, Peleus led to Thetis by Cupid in the presence of Poseidon, on the other, Peleus and Aphrodite watching the sleeping Thetis. On the bottom is a bust with a Phrygian cap, probably Paris.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


1846-1851 (made)


Copeland & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Parian ware, moulded in relief


Height: 21 cm, Diameter: 14.6 cm

Object history note

Obtained from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street.

Descriptive line

Vase of 'Parian ware', moulded in relief, Copeland & Co., Stoke-on-Trent, 1846-1851


Parian (porcelain)


Moulded; Relief


Ceramics; Parian ware; Great Exhibition


Ceramics Collection

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