This is an early 20th century English Royal Doulton large commode, chamber pot or slop pail. The age is circa 1902 to 1910.
The Doulton catalog of 1894 refers to the item as a “slop pail” and the pattern series is known as “Dutch Harlem.”
The slop pail has two pieces with an attached braided wicker handle. The smaller piece rests on top, with a middle hole. There are two side knob handles and the wicker handle loops over the handles.
The pail is 11” high and about 12” wide from handle-to-handle. The entire piece weighs a little less than eleven pounds; it is big and heavy.
There is a tight crack on one side, running down from the top and circles partially around the edge of the side knob. The crack goes through the porcelain and can be seen on both sides. It is about 3” long. I show the crack in photos, outlined in red.
The bottom, knobs and top rim are green. The interior is a biscuit yellow color. The sides show a scene of people in heavy winter clothing walking alongside a river, with houses on the other side, and small boats in the water. Royal Doulton created scenes that depicted stories in the literature, however I don’t know which story this is.
The material is a type of faience or soft paste pottery common to English porcelain/pottery makers. Royal Doulton refers to the material as“fine earthenware”, so it is actually of a pottery composition, though comparable to a French faience.
The top edge of the bottom piece shows a little wear to the black trim where the top piece rests. I already mentioned the crack. There are no chips or crazing. There is a little wear to the color where there may be rubbing, such as the handles. The bottom shows some wear abrasions due to age.
The rarity and scarcity of this piece is high.
The black mark is the lion, crown, Royal Doulton followed by the word Copyright. There are some numbers in blue that appear to be the number 7 followed by 48810.
Item ID: RL-287
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