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Patent Ivory Queens Ware: Vitro-porcelain

1879 (design registered)
Place of origin

Pressed opaque glass dish with two handles.

Object details

Object type
TitlePatent Ivory Queens Ware: Vitro-porcelain (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
press moulded
Brief description
Dish, England (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, 1879-1900, C.155-1983 .
Physical description
Pressed opaque glass dish with two handles.
  • Height: 9.0cm
  • Greatest width width: 21.5cm
Marks and inscriptions
Diamond registration mark for 2/1879 (Diamond registration mark)
Gallery label
Sowerby's called this cream-coloured glass 'Patent Ivory Queen's ware', probably in reference to Wedgwood's 18thC cream-coloured earthenware 'Queen's Ware'. Almost all Sowerby's production in this glass, which was patented in 1879, was in the art-style known as 'Aesthetic'. In 1884 the Pottery Gazette reviewed the International Health Exhibition saying that 'their fancy glass should have been in the art gallery, but being of such a cheap and poplular nature, we suppose they were inadmissable. Still in taste and aesthetic treatment they rank as art goods, notwithstanding their cheapness. we may call it 'Art for the million'
Credit line
Gift of M. J Franklin
Sowerby's pattern bk.IX, p.7 (1376)
Bibliographic reference
See Circ.611-1962
Other number
7658 - Glass gallery number
Accession number

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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