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Small vase: C.131-2015

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Small vase


Maker: Fournier, Sheila




Porcelain, thrown, cut, incised and stained.

Small, spherical bowl with base drawn down to a very narrow foot and the top of the sphere open forming a wide mouth. At one side of the mouth is a small cut and key-hole. Around the shoulder is a collar with a slightly rougher surface, flecked with yellow. Brown (iron or manganese) stain around the opening continues down through the cut, over the collar, and into an incised pendulum-like decoration which runs down to the base. The underside has a narrow foot-ring.


History note: Unknown before Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor; on loan since 2006.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Measurements and weight

Height: in cm
Width: in cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lacock ⪼ Wiltshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Third quarter of 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1975


Sheila Fournier (1930-2000) studied ceramics while training as a teacher at Goldsmiths College. Based first at Castle Hill in Kent and from 1971 at Lacock Pottery, Wiltshire, she produced tableware with her husband, the ceramicist Robert Fournier (1915-2008), whilst also making individual pieces, mainly in oxidized stoneware and porcelain. She is best known for her more delicate porcelain pieces with shapes and decorative motifs reminiscent of Art Nouveau, of which this and C.16-1977 are good examples. Her other work includes hand-built stoneware bowls that suggest an organic origin with layered petal-like forms, an example being C.29-1981. She retired from potting in 1987.

Sheila and Robert Fournier made a number of films, including: ‘David Leach’ and ‘Raku, English Style’. They completed several literary ventures together and set up the archive of the Craft Potters Association, now part of the Ceramic Archive at Aberystwyth.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of stain ( brown (iron or manganese))

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, cut, incised and stained.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: (the 7 with elongated stem like a pendulum)

  • Text: SF / 75
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised in black
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.131-2015
Primary reference Number: 205006
Batchelor number: none
Entry form number: 648
Old object number: AAL.131-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 August 2015 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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