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Royal Worcester 2 Porcelain Vases, Mazarine Blue, Orchids Signed F Roberts, 1901

$10,450per set

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This is a very fine set of two tall lidded vases made by Royal Worcester in 1901. The vases are in the cobalt or mazarine blue and raised gilt style with stunning orchid paintings signed by the famous painter Frank Roberts.  Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to create items in porcelain. Alongside other great potteries such as Derby, Chelsea and Bow, they pioneered a new industry that would grow out to be huge in the following century. In later years Worcester went through many different ownerships and styles, and ultimately it became the Royal Worcester factory, continuing operations into the early 21st Century. These vases are in the cobalt or mazarine blue and raised gilt style, which was very popular in the Victorian late 19th Century. They have very fine and stunning paintings of naturalistic orchids, painted and signed by the famous painter Frank Roberts. Roberts was mostly known for his exceptional warmly coloured fruit paintings, but he also did some superb flower paintings, particularly orchids like the ones on these vases. Roberts was known to be an introverted and religious person and he had an iconic status among the Worcester painters. His paintings were used as samples for new apprentices to copy. Roberts started working at Royal Worcester in 1872 when he was only 25 years old, until shortly before his death in 1920. He was one of the painters allowed to sign his name to his works - you can see the signatures to the lower left side of the flower images. The vases and covers have beautiful raised gilt decorations on the cobalt or mazarine blue ground; it took great skill to apply gilt this way and only the best gilders were able to decorate to this high standard. The vases are large; it was difficult to fire such large porcelain objects without any sagging or bursting, so these would have been very expensive items just because a significant number of the total vases fired would have failed in the kiln and never made it to the decoration stage. The vases have the Royal Worcester mark under the foot with the year cipher for 1901, and the shape number 2010. There is also mention of "leadless glaze" - this shows the final success of a long-fought campaign by women to outlaw the use of lead in porcelain glaze, which was extremely harmful to workers and killed in particular many women and girls whose work it was to dip the items into the glaze. After a long unsuccessful campaign by the workers, the campaign gained success when women of the upper class collectively started to boycott items produced with leaded glaze. CONDITION REPORT Both vases and covers are 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 41cm (16") high incl. cover, 20cm (8") wide incl. handles and 16.5cm (6.5") deep.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Diameter: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    High Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1900-1909
  • Date of Manufacture
    1901
  • Condition
    In perfect condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or wear.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LT-RW141stDibs: LU4805120798152

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    Ships From: Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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