A special order

If the two flame vases obviously come from the same mould, they will form a pair, but they are not exactly identical because of a difference in size of approximately 1.5cm. The recently-acquired flame vase is slightly smaller than the Museum’s restored vase. This size difference is most probably due to shrinkage of the clay which appeared while drying or firing. Unique of their kind, the two vases are undoubtedly the result of a special order: in fact no others have been found in other faience collections. The Museum of Ceramics has a number of decorated flame vases in blue and red monochrome but they do not exceed 25cm in height. Similar in size to garden pots or display jars used in pharmacy, these flame vases borrow their highly textured mascaron ornaments from ceramic fountains.