Mid Victorian Ridgway Porcelain Vase Integral Stand Hand Painted Fuchsia
A mid Victorian porcelain vase in an unusual and very decorative shape: a baluster shaped vase with an in built stand with three integral leaf shaped feet. It is beautifully and naturalistically hand painted in poly-chrome enamels with fuchsia flowers and leaves. The vase has gilded bands and highlighting on the relief moulded base.
The stand shape is reminiscent of the hardwood stands that are used in oriental porcelain however, this one is slip moulded porcelain and forms one piece with the vase.
There is no maker's mark other than a fractional pattern number on the base; 3 over 688, dating to the mid 19th century circa 1850. It was possibly made by John Ridgway and Co of Cauldon Place Works, Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire, England.
For those interested in horticulture, there are three types of cultivar of fuchsia painted around the body of the vase. One with pink petals with white sepals similar to "Flying Scotsman". A flower with red sepals and purple petals similar to "Mrs Popple" and one with pink sepals and cerise petals not unlike "Falklands" on the British Fuchsia Society web pages.
It is a lovely highly decorative piece and in good antique condition with no chips, nor restoration, there is a short crack to one side and some minor rubbing to the gilding, there is a firing tear to the back of one of the feet, from manufacture. This gives a very slight, almost imperceptible, lean to one side for the vase. Please see the images,
Height 5 5/8 inches ( 114.4 cm)
Diameter 3 1/2 inches ( 8.9 cm)
Total weight 325 grammes unpacked.