This is a beautiful campana vase made by Herculaneum in about 1820, which was the Regency era. 


The Herculaneum pottery was founded by Samuel Worthington in Liverpool and operated between 1797 and 1841. It produced very high quality and well designed creamware, pearlware and 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.


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.

Herculaneum campana vase with flowers and lion head moulding, ca 1820

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