We don’t know how much rivalry there was between Hannah Barlow and Eliza Simmance. Both ‘top dog’ in their own spheres, their cooperation on this pair of vases was certainly successful. Both of them were on top form, and executed their respective tasks with unerring precision. If there ever was a ‘hatchet’, fortunately it was buried in this case.
The 14in vases have the Doulton Lambeth rosette impressed mark with the word ‘ENGLAND’ underneath dating the vases to the period 1892-1902. They are both signed in monogram and numbered by both designers. They are a matched pair with the design on one going left to right and on the other right to left. They are numbered 520 by Hannah Barlow and 561 by Eliza Simmance. The vases weigh 4657g.
The vases are 100% free of chips cracks or restoration. There is however kiln grit for a distance of approximately 4cm on the rim of one vase only. Firing cracks under one vase, which neither effect the appearance or stability of the vase.