This is a beautiful pair of small tulip vases, originally from the early 19th Century but reproduced by Mottahedeh in the second half of the 20th Century.


When Sir Humphrey Wakefield, a slightly eccentric English baronet, rescued the delapidated Chillingham Castle in Northern England in the second half of the 20th Century, he found that much of the interior was either destroyed or missing. In order to recreate the beautiful interior of the castle in a faithful manner, rather than collecting mismatched items from the wrong periods as so often happens in these cases, he decided to have them reproduced with the original craftsmanship. This is how the "Sir Humphrey Wakefield Stately Homes Collection" was born in 1980. ⁠

For all porcelain and earthenware Sir Humphrey went to Mottahedeh in New York. Mottahedeh are the prime makers of historical reproductions. The firm was started by Rafi and Mildred Mottahedeh in the mid 20th Century; they were avid collectors of antiques and started to produce reproductions to fulfil a need for filling out incomplete collections. They not only re-issue many designs for the commercial market, but serve museums all over the world with reproductions that are almost impossible to distinguish from the original. ⁠


These two vases are such items; they are exactly the same as the originals and show the same level of traditional craftsmanship. They were made in Italy between 1980 and 2000 and they would have not only been created for display at Chillingham Castle, but were produced in a small quantity for the collectors market.


Both items are marked with the Sir Humphrey Wakefield Stately Homes Collection mark.


CONDITION REPORT The vases are in perfect condition. 


DIMENSIONS 14cm (5.5") high; 13cm (5") wide at widest point.


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Mottahedeh tulip vases, reproduction of 19thC Staffordshire, 1980-2000

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