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Catalog Number 2013.25.1
Object Name Vase
Description In November of 1872, an English art critic enthusiastically described the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company's display at the Second International Exhibition in London:

"The Royal Porcelain Works at Worcester exhibit some very remarkable productions. It will be at once seen that they are adaptations of the Japanese; they have suddenly become the fashion, and the works at Worcester cannot produce them fast enough. One peculiarity attached to this set of vases is that their decoration illustrates the process of their own manufacture as conducted in the East."

What the critic was describing was a set of six vases decorated with scenes of porcelain production in China. The vases were designed by James Hadley, Royal Worcester's chief modeler, who used as inspiration illustrations from the first book in Europe devoted to Chinese porcelain, "Histoire et Fabrication de la Porcelaine Chinoise" (History of the Manufacture of Chinese Porcelain), published in 1856. It in turn was a loose translation of the Jingdezhen taolu (Records of Jingdezhen Ceramics), published in Jingdezhen, China, in 1815.

This vase and the one to its left show opposite sides of the same model. This vase is showing shows porcelain being painted, and is based on plate 8 from the Histoire.
Date 1878
Material Soft-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made by the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company, Worcester, England
Artist Worcester Royal Porcelain Company
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by W. Groke Mickey
On View Reeves Center, Hallway
Gallery ID Number 305