Posted 3 years ago
The op shops here in Sydney have been a wasteland recently. I have had to change tactic in order to find anything interesting to my eye. A week ago I resisted the temptation to get up early and head off to the Saturday morning market in Surry Hills. But just before midday I thought I would go and have look if only to say hello to the people that I have met there for the last twenty years. It is a social event, too.
I saw nothing of interest to me that I could or would afford, but ...... on one of the tables I found this vase at midday for $8.
By midday it should have gone at that price, surely?
What was it?
It looked like a nicely potted piece of simple shape ...
Nice frieze decoration of old English roses ....
Aesthetic Movement .....
Signed nicely with a mark I do not recognise ...
Torquay, Watcombe ....
A bit battered ....
Just not my 'thing'. But ....
"At that price, I will take it, thanks. I like it"
And off I went home. It had marks underneath but they were not immediately familiar. The rose decoration was in high relief. But I did not recognise the marks. The impressed mark was so faint on the bottom the glaze had totally covered it. I kept coming back to it for a week and finally got out the blue light torch to see if that would help to see under the glaze.
I made out an oval shape with two bumps to each side. I could see 1883 in the centre. There were letters but they were took faint.
Off to the net and I searched through the Torquay marks, the French marks and finally decided to just go through the English marks page by page. And there it was ... the oval shape I was looking for. Doulton? Impasto? Impasto described the frieze technique of the roses exactly.
I googled "Doulton Impasto" and knew I was on the right track finally. I saw that there was a vase here in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum with the same rose frieze; a bigger better vase though. Same year and by Fannie J. Allen.
F.J.A. in a monogram!
Aesthetic taste vase, earthenware, impasto decoration by Fannie J. Allen, Doulton and Co., Lambeth, England, 1883
Cylindrical body with a yellowish glaze inside, the body painted in green with a frieze decorated with sprays of white, yellow and grey blossoms. Doulton Impasto Vase.
Made: Fannie J. Allen; Lambeth, England; 1883
Made: Doulton & Co (Lambeth works); Lambeth, England; 1883
On base, impressed: "Doulton Impasto" mark with "1883" in centre. "C". Incised: monogram of Fannie J. Allen, "849".
Doulton Impasto Ware was launched at the Lambeth Studio in February 1879. The technique involved slip painting on the raw clay to create a richly textured effect. High-fired vitrified non-porous salt-glazed ceramic made of a hard grey-brown material (stoneware) on which designs were drawn, a part or the whole then being richly coloured. These wares were made until 1914.
Doulton became Royal Doulton in 1901.
High : 11 cm or 4.3"
Wide: 9 cm or 3.5"