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Maker(s):Turner Factory or Woolley, Richard (attributed)
Title:chinese temple for flowers
Date Made:ca. 1800-1811
Type:Household Accessory
Materials:ceramic: feldspathic stoneware, overglaze polychrome enamels
Place Made:Great Britain: Staffordshire; Longton
Accession Number:  HD 2021.23.3
Credit Line:Gift of the Estate of Joseph Peter Spang III
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

This colorful example of a garniture vase is composed of slip cast sections of white felspathic stoneware, ornamented with female heads on the base, and painted with polychrome overglaze enamels. The back is undecorated and would be positioned against a wall. The form of the vase with its four stacked sections and spouts for flowers is reminiscent of Dutch Delftware tulip vases of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The architectural top portion with its flaring roof line is likely inspired by Chinese pagodas, like ones that can be seen in popular English garden architectural books. Yet the decoration is decidedly English, replete with four views of the English countryside. Vases in this design are known in earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Ceramic scholars have theorized that this vase was manufactured either by William and John Turner of Longton, Staffordshire, before 1806, or by Richard Woolley also of Longton, who leased the Turners’ old factory in 1809 until his own bankruptcy in 1811. Both of these factories excelled at the production of a fine white felspathic stoneware called “pearl” in the time period. This design can also be seen in the 1803 Don Pottery pattern book, pl. 52, no. 223, where it is called a Chinese Temple for Flowers. This design was likley created in creamware, and a partial chalcedony vase attributed to the Don Pottery is illustrated in John D. Griffin, The Don Pottery, 1801-1893 (2001). William Billingsley of Mansfield, England, has been suggested as the decorator of the vase. From 1795 onwards William Billingsley bought porcelain and pottery in the white from various manufacturers such as Coalport and Chamberlain’s Worcester to decorate it. Although he is best known for his painted floral designs, Billingsley also executed very competent English landscape views often with a heavy use of yellow enamel ground color. But without any direct evidence, attributions to specific decorators are at this time speculative.

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