This beautiful pitcher / ewer shows a style that was closely associated with Eliza Simmance, using mosaic decoration with a background of `cracked ice' decoration. She has applied gold in the cracks of the "cracked ice" pattern giving it a wonderful appearance. Around the body of the ewer small fortune cookie shapes have been carved into the silicon. Decorations of square light gray and slate blue tiles make a nice geometric design around the body portion. The pitcher has a pinched spout and a handle. It has no chips but does have a hairline on the inside by the handle. This is only felt and visible from the inside. Please see pictures for condition. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE POTTERY IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
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. In the beginning of the 20th Century, she produced a wide variety of flowing Art Nouveau designs, and by the start of the 1st World War was already producing the geometric designs so closely associated with the Art Deco period. The peak of her career may be said to be this period after the turn of the century. She put behind her the dominance of the high Gothic designs of the 1880s and 1890s, and wholeheartedly embraced the simpler designs of the art Nouveau and then Art Deco periods.
Backstamp: Doulton Silicon Lambeth in rectangle ~ impressed written E over an S 545 and H possibly for Lizzie Haughton ~ P inside a C impressed ~impressed W
Measures: 8" h X 5" w
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