Yuan - Vases

The vases shown below are typical of Frederick Rhead's more "fancy" output for Wood & Sons in the 1920s, but for some reason are very rarely seen in the YUAN pattern, which is usually confined to tableware.

This cylindrical shape was produced in at least 4 sizes. The large and small examples shown are approx 10 ins and 6 ins high respectively.

Most YUAN vases are not marked with the Woods backstamp, but with:

H. M. & Co
Reg No 656368

This registration is the correct number for YUAN and is the proof, if any is needed, that the vases were manufactured by Woods, H.M. being the retailer's initials.

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The large vase is shown left with a similar Woods vase in the Kang-Hi pattern (also a Frederick Rhead design).

The small vase is pictured right with a similar Woods vase in the Oriental Birds design.

Small vase
2 ins wide (top rim)
5.25 ins high


Small vase

Small vase
2.875 ins wide at top
6,25 ins high


Unusually this has the 'regular' YUAN backstamp.

The vase is shown below
with the previous one,
for comparison


Small vase
Small vase

Small vase

Small vase

Medium vase
2.75 ins wide at top
3.75 ins (widest)
7.625 ins high



Large vase
4 ins wide at top
10.25 ins high



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