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Patent Ivory Queens Ware

1877 (design registered)
Place of origin

Vase, England (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, 1877-1900

Object details

Object type
  • Patent Ivory Queens Ware (manufacturer's title)
  • Vitro-porcelain (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Press-moulded glass
Brief description
Vase, England (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, 1877-1900
  • Height: 12.0cm
  • Maximum width: 4.0cm
Marks and inscriptions
Diamond registration mark for
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 popular 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
Given by Hugh Wakefield
Sowerby's pattern bk. IX, p.3(1217)
Other number
7656 - Glass gallery number
Accession number

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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