A showy vase without apology! It’s good enough to be on p200 of ‘The Doulton Lambeth Wares’ by Desmond Eyles and Louise Irvine 16in (40cm) – either this vase, or its pair. This is an unrepentant Eliza Simmance in her most exuberant and Victorian mood. A masterpiece of Victorian design, and in many ways, decoratively speaking, “the pick of the litter” from this collection.
The 16in (40cm) vase has the Doulton Lambeth impressed mark with the word ‘ENGLAND’ underneath, indicating a date of 1892-1902. It is signed in monogram and numbered 986.R by Eliza Simmance and also signed in monogram by her assistant, Emily Partington. The number is significant, the ‘R’ suggesting the right vase of a pair of vases. The vase shown on p200 of ‘The Doulton Lambeth Wares’ is either this vase, or its pair! The vase weighs 2291g.
There is a small amount of old restoration to the points on the top rim has been removed and redone to an appropriate and invisible standard.
The neck of the vase has an original small glazing defect. This is shown on photo No2. As an original manufacturing defect, it have been left.