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Collection Ceramics, Decorative art
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia, Seduction and Celebrity: The Spectacular Life of Emma Hamilton
User collections Traders Remixed - Culture by YouthAdvisoryGroup
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleHistorical Association: Nelson, Horatio
Provenance: Hamilton, Emma

Object details:

Object ID AAA4723
Description Large Oriental vase, made of glazed stoneware with overglaze painted decoration on a duck egg blue glaze. The iconography includes symbols of the eight Doaist immortals, Qilin, fo dogs, four- toed dragons, goldfish, ducks, bats, tiger cats, bows and arrows, coins and the Buddhist flaming wheel. There are flower borders top and bottom. A silver band is applied to the top rim with four rivets. It is engraved with two crossed anchors and inscribed 'Dato dalla Regina di Napoli con ingraziamenti gratituosi "Il Salvatore del Europa" al Illustrissimo Signore Barone Nelson del Nile, a Palermo, il mese di Luglio 1800 AD'. (Given by the Queen of Naples to the saviour of Europe, the illustrious Baron Nelson of the Nile, at Palermo in the month of July 1800 AD.' Said to have been presented to Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765-1815) by the Queen of Naples - the inscription says that it was given to Nelson. It originally stood on a carved wooden stand, now missing.
Date made 1800

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made China
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Sutcliffe-Smith Collection
Materials silver; stoneware
Measurements Overall: 495 x 390 mm
  • Vase (AAA4723)
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