Harry Simeon - an Art Deco Royal Doulton 20cm (8in) vase
A striking Royal Doulton Art Deco vase decorated in the bright contrasting colours characteristic of the period. This vase, from the late 20s/early30s contrasts strongly with the more muted Art Nouveau schemes. It is a high impact "Look at me" vase that wants to be noticed.
The vase has the impressed Doulton mark with lion, dating the vase to post 1923. It has the incised marks of Harry Simeon and his (very able) assistant, Florrie Jones. A series number has been ground off the underside of the fired pot. This indicates that the vase was probably originally intended for volume production – a decision that was later reversed.
Harry Simeon was a gifted child and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in Kensington. After 3 years study there, he joined Doulton at Lambeth. A gifted designer he was responsible for bibelots, Toby jugs, Persian ware, and many wall plaques. Many of his vases designs were used for volume production. He was a great admirer of Mark Marshall, but felt that some of his designs were ‘overcrowded. He worked for Doulton for 40 years (as did so many other designers) from 1896 to 1936. The vase weighs 1131g.
The vase is in 100% mint condition, with no cracks, chips, crazing or restoration.