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Bone china vase, cover and pedestal in celebration of the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother - 2000

Vase to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother
    Vase to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother

This unique ornate and stately two-handled vase, cover and pedestal was made to celebrate the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The hand-painted panels feature scenes from the Queen's life, including three vignettes portraying her as a child, then Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Additionally she is shown with her husband, King George VI and her children - the Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II.

This unique ornate and stately two-handled vase, cover and pedestal was made to celebrate the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The hand-painted panels feature scenes from the Queen's life, including three vignettes portraying her as a child, then Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Additionally she is shown with her husband, King George VI and her children - the Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II. One of the larger panels shows her as a young woman, standing next to a canon at Glamis Castle, her childhood home. The other building featuring on the vase is Balmoral Castle, the monarchy's Scottish residence. This underlines the both the Queen's Scottish ancestry and her love for that country. The vase is additionally decorated with raised gilding and gold printing.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: (Portland Vase device)
    [Printed in black]
    WEDGWOOD®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Printed in gold]
    GD
    [Signed in gold]
    -D.BOWEN-
    00
    -D.BOWEN-
    00
    [Signed in black in the large painted panels on the vase]
    D. BOWEN.
    D. BOWEN
    [Signed in black in
  • Year produced: 2000
  • Body: Bone china
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: hand-painted, gilded
  • Accession number: 10532
  • Dimensions: 762 mm (height assembled), 260 mm (diameter)

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    A porcelain made from clay and feldspathic rock with the addition of about 50 percent of calcined animal bone. Josiah Wedgwood II introduced bone china at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in 1812.