A very fine pair of Royal Doulton 12.5" (31cm) stoneware vases by Louisa Wakely, that are in some ways Art Nouveau, and in some ways still Victorian.
These vases have the Doulton Circle mark with Crown and Lion, indicating a date of manufacure of post-1902, the date when Doulton first became 'Royal Doulton'. They are, however, still Victorian in style. Also underneath is the 'Doulton and Slaters patent' mark. This was used on chine items, and was patented by John Slater in the 1880s. It involved the creation of a lace pattern on the surface of the items by pressing netting onto the soft clay surface after it left the potter's wheel. These two vases are signed with an incised monogram by Louisa Wakely. She finished at Doultons in 1906, giving a certain date of 1902-6 for the vases.
The vases are in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or restoration.