These black vases have quite large necks so I needed to choose some of the larger hyacinth bulbs to force in them. I think the vases are Victorian so I'm wondering, did growers produce larger hyacinth bulbs in the 19th century or are these, in fact, hyacinth vases. I'm certainly going to use them as such even if they are not "official".
These black vases have some intriguing scenes on them. I think the first one (below) is Hector's body being dragged by Achilles' chariot so using the Trojan War as a starting point I will try to identify the other scenes. If anyone recognises any of the scenes/figures (and/or the trademark image), please get in touch.
I have now found out that these are Pratt Ware with a Greek design that was used on a number of their other products as well.
I assume the scene below is Hector, his wife Andromache and son Astyanax, as he's going off to another battle.
Below is the trademark image on the bottom of both vases with the Discobolus of Myron.
This is the second vase.
At some point Achilles is angry and sits with his cloak over his head but is this figure really Achilles? He doesn't look very impressive.