A shallow bowl or cup on a footed stem. Tazze were used to hold fruit or other accompaniment
to a meal and also served as a table centrepiece.
A figural or character jug sometimes of grotesque from. Said to be named after Toby
Fillpot (Henry Elwes) recorded on a print published on his death in about 1761. Made
by numerous manufacturers, the best know of which is probably Doulton.
A set, usually of earthenware, manufactured for the 'toilet', that is the process
of washing and dressing oneself. Toilet sets usually consisted of seven matching
pieces - ewer (large water jug), wash bowl, soap dish, sponge dish, cup, slop pail
and chamber pot. Toilet sets were an important product for many manufacturers during
the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
An art movement founded in 1897 by a breakaway group of artists, designers and architects
who wished to differentiate themselves from the conservative Vienna art establishment
of the time. Leading members include Gustav Klimt, .... Berlin and Munich had similar
Secessionist groups. Charles Rennie McIntosh is the best know UK associate of the
Literally 'Vienna Workshop'. An Arts and Crafts movement based in Vienna circa 1900-1930
that aimed to combine utility with aesthetic qualities in the design of everyday
objects including ceramics.
A modern (popular from the 1950s) plate shape that lacks a rim. Originally popular
in America, the shape was popularized in the United Kingdom by manufacturers such
as Midwinter and J & G Meakin.
A genuine object that has been altered or converted to increase its apparent rarity
An object newly created in an attempt to deceive
Ornamentation added to the top of a lid on a tureen, teapot or similar object.
Decorated with parallel grooves.
The shaped rim found under most tablewares. The foot rim may be formed in the mould
for slipware, or pressed flatware, or turned on a lathe.
Liberty & Co.
A shop in Regent St, London founded by Arthur Lazenby Liberty (1843-1917) and famous
for its sponsorship of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau craftsmen and artists. The
shop sold fabrics, ceramics, metal wares and oriental goods.
Mansion House dwarf
A porcelain figurine in grotesque form (an alternative name is a ‘grotesque punch’)
usually with a large hat to which is attached a message or advertisement. The name
‘Mansion House Dwarf’’ arises from the real-life dwarfs that were once employed to
stand outside the Mansion House in the City of London with advertisements written
on, or attached to, their large hats.
More generally, the representation of the dwarf form in porcelain is thought to have
followed the work of the 17th century French engraver Jaques Callot who produced
a series of engravings of dwarf entertainers in Florence.
The most well-known Mansion House Dwarfs were manufactured by the Derby porcelain
factories, beginning with the Nottingham Road factory in the second half of the 18th
century and continuing to the present Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Co. Ltd in the