Well, how do I describe these Magnificent Antique vases to you ?
Majestic, gorgeous, very tall, inverted baluster vases of an antique Chinese shape, 18inches high, Royal Doulton vases.
These are a Top Quality production that would have been commensurately highly priced & valued when new. Not cheap, I guess!!!
Large pairs such as these are scarce.
As you can see, they are highly decorative and charismatic and would grace many a distinctive home. Decorators and Interior designers could really make a bold statement with these large gorgeous vases, being able to design a whole room around them.
Their decorations include boldly designed features such as, sumptuous thick shiny glossy marbled glaze work of a gorgeous deep moss green colour, burnt iron oxide rims and beaded borders, fine impressed lace patterned middle body ground décor with a second firing of enamelled gold leaf work combined with white and turquoise floral leaf decoration....and if that's not enough !! They have finely hand piped slip ware of Art Nouveaux designs in two borders, one set at the lower inwardly curving base and the other accompanying and complementing the upper beaded border.
The buff coloured clay base underside is left purposely unglazed and displays plenty of marks which identify them. We are clearly able, thanks to these clear markings observed on each vase, to identify their Maker, their date of Design and Manufacture, their Factory pattern book model number, the designer and modelers scratched monogram, and other impressed and painted marks which unfortunately I do not poses relevant references for. Connoisseurs will know, others may have lots fun investigating these further to develop their specific identity and therefore add to their Provenance overall.
Size : 18 inches tall.
Marks : The following gleamed from Goddens `Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Pottery Marks. Impressed the words in capitals, `Doulton & Slaters Patent' version c1886-1914 according to Godden, a mark only used on special items. A lion standing over a crown over a `Royal Doulton' circular mark with `England in it. C1902-1922. The no. 6916, which is manufacturers pattern book no. for the shape and or the pattern design as well. The 'scraffito', [scratched] monogram, `RB.' There are some monograms of designer/worker in Goddens for the Royal Doulton Factory at this time but this one is not shown. Other impressed and painted marks as previously mentioned. See pics of bases.
Marks, a conclusion. So it seems that these vases were made after 1902 and probably before 1914.
Condition : Excellent. No damage. As new, in a wonderful state of preservation.