This is a pair of large heavy and bold Royal Doulton Art Deco vases by Jane Hurst. They measure 10" (25cm) tall and a maximum of 4.5" (11.5cm) diameter at the base, and were probably designed as spill vases for the ends of a mantelpiece. The period during which Jane Hurst worked at Doultons is not known for certain, but Desmond Eyles in his book 'The Doulton Lambeth Wares' suggests 1879-1922.
The shape and decoration of the vases are strongly Art Deco. Gone are the swirling designs of the Art Nouveau movement and the dominant design feature is the use of rectangular shapes. The vases have the impressed Doulton Circle mark with Crown and Lion, the design number 8117, and the incised monogram of Jane Hurst. It is not possible to be definitive about the name to the designer, but a line of vases illustrated on p219 of Desmond Eyles' 'The Doulton Lambeth Wares' shows vases with remarkable similarities of design. All were designed by William Rowe.
The vases are free from any cracks, chips, crazing or restoration, but the glaze on one of them shows areas of bubbling caused during firing. They are 100% 'as made'.