This is a beautiful campana vase made by Herculaneum in about 1820.
The Herculaneum pottery was based in Liverpool and operated between 1793 and 1841. It produced very high quality and well designed creamware, pearlware and in the 19th Century also porcelain. The pottery relied on an excellent workforce imported from Staffordshire, which explains how it was able to produce top quality items in a relatively short period. The name of the factory was inspired by the recent excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the pottery obviously competed with the newly opened "Etruria" kiln owned by Wedgwood.
These campana vases were used for flowers, or simply as a decorative object by itself; often they used to come in a series of variously shaped vases called a "garniture". The vase has an underglaze cobalt blue ground and lavish gilt patterns, as was the fashion in that era. The front panel is painted with an exceptionally beautiful flower bouquet in unusual colours; deep purple is the ground for the panel and the flowers are painted with real skill. The vase has two handles each with two moulded lion heads.
The vase is unmarked.
CONDITION REPORT The vase is in excellent antique condition with no damage, crazing or repairs. The gilt on the handles and rims is worn in places, as can be seen on the pictures; please study them carefully. The gilt patterns and the flower painting are untouched. If desired, a touch up of the gilding can be arranged for an additional fee, however you would need to understand that gilt is extremely difficult to touch up unseen, so it may not perfectly hide the wear.
Kilns were fired on coal in the late 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles, and the glazing surface can be a little uneven in places. This is normal for antique items from the 19th Century. This vase is very smooth but you might see some specks.
Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!
DIMENSIONS height 14cm (5.5"); width 12.2cm (4 7/8") at widest point.
SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.
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Herculaneum campana vase with flowers and lion head moulding, ca 1820