This is a very fine pair of small vases made by Royal Worcester in 1907. The vases have a "blush ivory" ground with beautiful overlaid enamel flowers.

 

The original Worcester factory was founded in the mid 18th Century and belongs to the group of famous pioneering potteries in Britain. It went through various changes and take overs, and in the mid 19th Century it merged with Chamberlains and Grainger, both earlier split-offs, taking the new name "Royal Worcester". The factory distinguished itself with its extremely high quality of artwork, hiring the best artists and always coming up with very vivid designs full of flowers, birds and fruits. It was in operation until the early 21st Century but eventually succumbed to the changing times.

 

These vases are in the "blush ivory" style, which became popular in the late 19th Century and ceased around 1914. The blush ivory style was based on the Art Nouveau movement in Europe and Aesthetic Movement in Britain, creating designs based on natural shapes rather than the familiar ornamental shapes from the Victorian times. The production process was complex; items received a glossy glaze on the inside, and a matt glaze on the outside. Colours were achieved by spraying an apricot-coloured glaze near the rims with the newly invented "aerograph machine" - this was one of the first examples of air brushing!

 

Decorations were often designed by master artists and then printed in outline and sometimes painted by hand; the colours to be applied by hand in raised or overlaid enamels like you can see on these vases. There was heavy gilding involved. All of this took 5 firings, a lot of time, materials and 22Kt gold, so you can imagine that these items were expensive. 

 

These small vases are very elegant and have exuberant bouquets of typically British wildflowers, such as clovers, buttercup and forget-me-nots.

 

The vases have the green Royal Worcester mark with the year cipher for the year 1907 on the underside, and the shape number 790.

 

CONDITION REPORT Both vases and covers are in perfect antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing. There is very minimal 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 the vases stand 22cm (8.75") tall, are 10cm (4") wide and 9cm (3.5") deep.

Royal Worcester pair of vases, blush ivory with flowers, 1907

SKU: A-WOR47
£435Price
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