This is a beautiful little spill vase made by Coalport in about 1825. The vase is decorated with stunning hand painted flowers by the famous Welsh painter David Evans. 

 

A spill vase was a little container for small pieces of wood to kindle the fire. It was usually stood on the mantle piece so that whoever would tend the fire had ready access to it. Spill vases were often made of porcelain and had beautiful decorations. Nowadays they are perfect not only for small flowers, but also for your pens or any other items you wish to store close at hand.

 

Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. When we say "Coalport" we usually think of the one Coalport factory that became famous, but in its beginning years there were two factories, one run by John Rose and the other by his brother Thomas Rose. Thomas Rose went into partnership with Robert Anstice and Robert Horton and they were located directly opposite John Rose, across the canal. The brothers' factories had much in common with each other and they shared many different shapes and patterns. Ultimately, the John Rose factory proved more profitable and John Rose bought Thomas' factory in 1814, making it the one Coalport factory that became so famous. Many of the Coalport items, of either factory, are now collectors' items.

 

David Evans was one of the great painters at the Welsh Swansea pottery, and when this went into demise in the early 1820s he was enticed by the Coalport factory to be in charge of their flower decorations, not only painting beautiful items like this spill vase, but also training a generation of young painters in the superbly executed and freely painted Welsh art of flower painting. He only remained at Coalport for a few years (some time between 1823 and 1827) and then moved on to Grainger in Worcester, where he spent the rest of his working life.

 

David Evans is known for his beautiful garden flowers and the artistic freedom with which he painted them; you can see the influence of his mentor William Billingsley particularly in how he painted roses, wiping out part of the colour in order to create a naturalistic light effect. The typical style of David Evans is that he painted his flowers continuously, and not confined in reserves - this was an unusual style that nobody else did at the time. 

 

This little vase has flowers all around; a fun detail is that the artist has not only painted the lush and generous flowers in great detail, but also given them the grass below them, and even their roots underground.

 

CONDITION REPORT The vase is in good antique condition, however it has a hairline, please see last picture. Like many Coalport items of that time, the vase has crazing. The flower paintings are in very good condition and there is no discolouration. There is some kiln dust baked into the inside bottom of the vase.

 

The spill vase is unmarked, as was usual for the period.

 

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 (diameters): 9cm (3.5") high and 5.5cm (2.15") diameter.

 

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Coalport spill vase, flowers by David Evans, ca 1825

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