These ornate yet sombre vases were painstakingly decorated by Thomas Bott to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Norman Conquest in 1866. The scenes that encircle the vases are a faithful reproduction of the drawings by Daniel Maclise that had been exhibited in Pall Mall in 1859. Maclise’s drawings were based on scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry.
These vases exemplify the technique of Limoges enamels which Bott created and mastered at Royal Worcester – to recreate the aesthetic of 15th century Limoges fine enamel painting on metal Bott laboriously applied layers of onglaze translucent white ceramic pigment onto deep rich grounds of cobalt blue. In this way he built up scenes with a level of detail and depth resembling a carved cameo. Bott was continuously awarded in the International Exhibitions of the age. He suffered from ill-health, quite possibly lead poisoning from licking his brush to a fine point (bearing lead-containing pigments) and sadly died at the age of 41 before he could see these vases, his final masterpieces, displayed at the 1871 London Exhibition.
Artist: painter Thomas Bott/ gilder Josiah Davis)
Material: Bone China
Factory: Royal Worcester