Portland Vase
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, British
Portland Vase
Other Titles
Former Title: Copy of the Portland Vase, first edition
Work Type
c. 1795
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
25.8 x 18.5 cm diam. (10 3/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: inner lip, manganese pencil, handwritten: 9
  • inscription: inner lip, manganese pencil, handwritten: J. Trevor
John Trevor, 1797. He paid £27 IIs on February 12 1799, per Gorely (see bibliography).
Phillips, London, England, Sold to Mrs. Winans, 1876. Per Gorely (see bibliography)
Mrs. Winans, bought from Phillips, London, 1876, Sold to Richard Tangye, 1882. Per Gorely (see bibliography)
Sir Richard Tangye, Birmingham, England, Purchased from Mrs. Winans, 1882.
Frederick Rathbone, London, England, sold to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1913.
Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, NY, Purchased from Rathbone, 1913, Bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943. Winthrop paid £420.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Jean Gorely, "The Winthrop Collection", Old Wedgwood, Wellesley Press, Inc. (Wellesley, MA, 1943), no. 10, pp. 132-139, p. 135

Old Wedgwood from the Bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1944), no. 92, p. 36-38; repr. p. 92

Wolf Mankowitz, The Portland Vase and the Wedgwood Copies, A. Deutsch (London, England, 1952), pp. 44, 47

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), no. 137, p. 215

Aileen Dawson, Masterpieces of Wedgwood in the British Museum, exh. cat., British Museum Publications Limited (London, England, 1984), p. 149, no. 9

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 245, p. 213, repr.

Judith A. Neiswander, "Selections from the Ceramics Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University", Ars Ceramica, Wedgwood Society of New York (Bronx, NY, 1991), no. 8, p. 38, repr. as fig. 5

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), p. 27, fig. 9

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), p.14, fig. 9

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 129, repr.

Jean Gorely, "Pedigreed Wedgwood", The Magazine Antiques (January 1945), pp. 29-31, p. 30

Vivian Scheidemantel Hawes, [Editorial], National Antiques Review (January 1974), p. 5

[Reproduction only], "Porcelain and Pottery", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, November 1943)., repr. in b/w, p. 66

Exhibition History

Old Wedgwood from the Bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1944 - 09/03/1944

Old Wedgwood, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1973 - 05/27/1973

Eighteenth Century European Ceramics, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/02/2005 - 06/09/2008

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

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