Cloisonné ware vase
Bone china, thrown and turned, painted with coloured enamels and gilded.
Small bottle vase with bulbous body over a flared foot and tall, narrow, shaped neck. Decorated with a precisely painted, naturalistic sprig of raspberry, or similar, flowers and fruit which circles the body, also appearing on the neck. Painted in shades of green, pink and white over a turquoise ground, with gilded band at foot, base of neck and rim and gilded stamen.
History note: Lent by Rita Smythe
Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023
Diameter: 11 cm
Height: 19.5 cm
Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2023) by Smythe, Ian and Rita
Minton introduced cloisonné’ ware in the 1860s. Thought to be developed by Louis Arnoux, it imitated the ancient Chinese technique of separating enamel colours with fine wire by precise painting and gilding on a turquoise ground. The finely painted botanical design is perhaps by Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), who originally trained as a botanist, held scientific and art botany professorships and imported Japanese and oriental wares. Dresser produced designs for manufacturers, including Minton and Linthorpe Pottery.
Inscription present: small diamond containing circle
Inscription present: very faint - indecipherable
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