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Patent Ivory Queen's Ware

1879 (design registered)
Place of origin

Bowl, England (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, 1879-1900

Object details

Object type
  • Patent Ivory Queen's Ware (manufacturer's title)
  • Vitro-porcelain (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Press-moulded glass
Brief description
Bowl, England (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, 1879-1900
  • Height: 13.0cm
  • Maximum width: 19.3cm
Marks and inscriptions
Diamond registration mark for 06/1879
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 character, 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'.
Sowerby's pattern bk. IX, p.8 (1407)
Bibliographic reference
B. Morris, Victorian Table Glass and Ornaments, London 1978; pl.147 (see Circ 611-1962)
Other number
7657 - Glass gallery number
Accession number

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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