Phoenix Jardiniere Ceramic

'Ronda ware' by Thomas Forester and Sons Ltd, Phoenix works, Longton, England. Private collection, Melbourne.


These pictures show the before and after treatment images of a British ceramic, ‘Phoenix Jardinière' (Rhonda-ware). The vessel was broken into one large section and 24 smaller pieces of varying size. Initial assembly revealed that at least one or two major pieces from the body were missing.


The vessel was dry surface cleaned to remove all superficial grime. Wet cleaning was undertaken in the interior to remove staining. A dry run of the order of assembly was undertaken, prior to adhesion of the fragments using an epoxy adhesive (Hyxtal). Visible cracks and losses were filled and shaped. The filled losses were inpainted using acrylic paints to reintegrate with surrounding colours and design. Varnish was used to match the level of gloss of the fills to the original surface.

Treatment stages

Figure 1

Before conservation treatment, large fragment of vessel.

Figure 2

Before conservation treatment, smaller fragments of vessel.

Figure 3

During conservation treatment, assembly of fragments, prior to adhesion.

Figure 4

After conservation treatment. Assembly and adhesion of broken fragments, with filling and inpainting to reintegrate losses.