A very lovely Grainger & Co (Worcester) twin-handled vase of ovoid form c1895. Reticulated upper body and handles on a cream ground with over-glaze gilt decoration. Pale jade-green lower body with gilded central band. Stamped and impressed mark for Grainger & Co. (W). The vase measures 14.5 cm in height.
Thomas Grainger (1783–1839), an apprentice at the Worcester factory, co-founded a rival porcelain company in Lowesmore, Worcester in 1801. By 1806 they had opened a shop in Forgate Street, Worcester. In 1839, following the death of Thomas Grainger, his son George took control of the company and encouraged the production of elaborate ornamental wares. George Grainger & Co further diversified their products, producing embossed tiles for fireplaces, unglazed china figures and door furniture. On George’s death in 1889 the Grainger factory was sold to Royal Worcester who continued manufacture on the Grainger site until finally closing the works in 1902. During the 1890’s the Grainger factory specialised in the production of hand painted pieces for display, richly jewelled pieces and ivory porcelain in a similar style to Royal Worcester. Grainger pierced wares were largely the work of Alfred Barry. Unlike the Royal Worcester pierced wares, Grainger designs tend to be curvilinear in style.
Grainger & Co (Worcester) Reticulated Vase by Alfred Barry c1895
The vase is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. The gilt decoration is intact with no signs of wear. Originally the vase would have had a pierced lid - unfortunately not surviving. No wear inside the rim. No evident surface abrasions. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.