As fine a pair of Silicon ware vases as you will ever find, by as fine a designer as Doulton ever employed! These must have lived in a sheltered environment all their lives, as the surface is totally free from all grime and discolouration - quite simply, the best.
The pair of 10.5in (21cm) vases have the impressed Doulton Lambeth Silicon ware mark with the date of 1885. They are signed in monogram by Eliza Simmance and numbered 736.
Eliza Simmance, as a designer, was one of the cornerstones of the change at Doultons from the High Victorian Gothic designs to simpler flowing Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs. She started work at Doultons in 1873 and only finished in 1928 – a period of 55 years.
She worked with the illustrious Barlow Family, Arthur, Florence, Hannah and Lucy, but by 1880 she already had a staff of artists under her turning out her designs. Fortunately for us, and unlike many of her contemporary designers, she signed many of the pieces that were made by other artists to her designs: it is not uncommon to see her signature with that of three or four other artists under an item designed by her.
The vases are in excellent condition, and the matt surface of the silicon ware shows no sign of absorbing atmospheric pollution. The design is as crisp and clear as the day it was detailed by Eliza Simmance. One vase has a small drop of blue glaze inside the top rim of the vase.
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The vases weigh a total of 2601gr, and are not suitable for airmail shipping by ‘Small Packet’.
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