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Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Campana Vase, Cobalt Blue, Flowers by C Gresley 1916



This is a very fine high-footed campana made by Royal Crown Derby in 1916 in the Edwardian style. The vase has a deep cobalt or mazarine blue ground with sublime raised gilt decorations and flower paintings by Cuthbert Gresley. The Derby Porcelain factory has its roots in the late 1740s, when André Planché, a Walloon Huguenot refugee, started making simple porcelain toys shaped like animals. Local entrepeneur William Duysbury took an interest in his skills and worked with him to improve the quality of his wonderfully shaped items. Together they laid the foundations of what would become a very refined tradition of figure making at Derby. In 1769 Duysbury bought up the bankrupted Chelsea factory, incorporating their reputation for high quality figures, vases and tableware; this combination of traditions, porcelain making skills, sophisticated clients and available work people created one of the best porcelain factories of the 18th and 19th Centuries. The factory went through many ups and downs in the 19th Century and was completely re-consistituted in the late 19th Century; today it is one of the very few factories still operative.  This vase is a very fine example of some of the best pieces Royal Crown Derby made after their resurgence in the late 19th Century. The vase is in the famous "campana" shape, but placed on a high foot with an elaborately moulded heart-shaped cavity and beautiful details. The ground colour is deep cobalt or mazarine blue with exquisite raised gilding. This type of gilding was very difficult to apply and only the most skilled gilders were able to provide such high quality work. The flower paintings on both sides were done by Cuthbert Gresley, who lived between 1876 and 1963 and started working at Royal Crown Derby in 1893. Gresley was considered one of Derby's finest and most versatile painters of that period, able to paint all manner of images: flowers, fruits, animals and landscapes. He was a keen singer and worked alongside his brother, son and grandson, who all stepped into his foot steps. These flowers consist of roses in three colours, with some small flowers mixed in; they have been painted in a slightly sketchy and transparent way, providing a beautiful delicacy that looks quite modern. The vase has the Royal Crown Derby mark with a year cipher for 1916 on the underside. CONDITION REPORT The vase is in perfect antique condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or wear. Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures! DIMENSIONS 20cm (8") high, 14.5cm (5.5") wide.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Diameter: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Style
    Edwardian (In the Style Of)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In perfect condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or wear.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LT-RCD051stDibs: LU4805120800912

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