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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (designer)
    Minton (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Probably Parian porcelain, pierced and with gilded borders painted in black enamel

  • Museum number:

    8088-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case M, shelf 2

The Minton factory exhibited at least four of these pierced pots at the London International Exhibition of 1862, where they were bought for the Museum’s collections. The design is based on Dehua porcelain brush pots of about 1700-1720, to which gilded borders painted in black enamel have been added. Both the idea of making these copies and the design for the borders probably came from Dr Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), who frequently used similar leaf forms to those in the border pattern in his designs for textiles and surface ornament. Dresser trained as a botanist, championed Chinese and Japanese design, and became one of the most distinctive and influential designers working in nineteenth-century Britain. The pot appears to be made of Parian porcelain, a material developed in the 1840s for making unglazed ceramic reproductions of carved marble sculpture, but which the Minton factory occasionally used glazed or partly glazed for functional and decorative wares. The pierced decoration was cut by hand, which may have been easier in Parian porcelain than the bone china body more normally used at Minton’s factory for finely potted functional ceramics at this time. The pots were intended for matches or ‘spills’ (small strips of wood used for lighting fires). Some were fitted with liners of coloured glass.

Physical description

Spill jar, probably of Parian porcelain, with a perforated pattern with black and gold borders.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)

Date

ca. 1862 (made)

Artist/maker

Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (designer)
Minton (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Probably Parian porcelain, pierced and with gilded borders painted in black enamel

Dimensions

Height: 14.3 cm, Diameter: 9.2 cm

Object history note

Shown at the London International Exhibition of 1862

Descriptive line

Spill jar of porcelain with a perforated pattern, borders designed by Christopher Dresser, Minton & Co., Stoke-on-Trent, ca. 1862.

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

pp.238-239
Passion for Porcelain: masterpieces of ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Materials

Porcelain

Subjects depicted

Borders

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Scotland

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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