A wonderful Minton bone china vase c.1850. Superbly painted round the body with studies of roses in the manner of Jessie Smith. Small ermine-device mark. 29 cm high
Jessie Smith was apprenticed at the Minton Pottery in c.1831 and became known for his rose studies. His work was shown at the International Exhibition of 1862.
A similar but much larger vase is illustrated by Geoffrey Godden in his book on Staffordshire Porcelain (see colour plate VI).