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Posted 4 years ago


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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 ....
Nice foot.
Nice colours.
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"


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks mustangT, nldionne and to you too for those kindest of words Sean B!
  2. BHock45 BHock45, 4 years ago
    great story vetraio....and an even greater find!!!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Phil, Bhock, bratjdd and czechman too!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks petey!
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 4 years ago
    Wow what a detective story! Intrigue, romance, and finally the who done it!
    Just terrific. Great one V!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks eye4 and to you too Amber!
  7. Justanovice Justanovice, 4 years ago
    You just have 'the eye' vetraio!!! Gut feeling, whatever - you just have it!! Wonderful find! Don't you just love it when that happens?? :) You get home, start researching - then discover a whole new world around the item just purchased! Wonderful!!
  8. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    As soon as I win the Lottery I will fly you over and have you do some detective work for me!! Good work on that great Vase!! Even Fannie is smiling down at you!
  9. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Hi all and thanks to you for these kind comments. My eye has done me well on this occasion. Fanny and the other Doulton artists of the period did some great work. There is still so much to learn.
    Thanks Geno, Toracat, Moonstonelover, eye4, TedS, austro, justanovice, gargoylecollector and CW too!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks mikelv85!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks miederman!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!
  14. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Beautiful ! Good eye you found a treasure after reading all your work you did to determine maker . Love it
  15. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    I Love it!! Got a few pieces.
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Mani and to you too musikchoo! Love to see 'em!
  17. inky inky, 4 years ago
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  19. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    AWESOME! Beautiful impasto glaze, nice form, great story!
    Thanks for all of it!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Tonino!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks JayHow!
  22. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
    Wow! Awesome find and it is very pretty!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks for the love and the kind comments betweenthelens!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN68!
  25. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your welcome KevinG:)
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Chi Treasures!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Agram!
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks yet again moonstoneL!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks donnaj!
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGRAM!
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  32. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 3 years ago
    Well done' although unfortunately I can't see the Doulton on it. It must be quite warn or sat with water underneath...lovely...

    You really should go and see that collection when they run's amazing what they got. I've referenced it before in here. It's mainly John Slaters collection, his own personal collection, which included exhibition pierces , it's just amazing...he was the Art Director at Doulton for most of the last 1/4 19th century and until he died in1911 from memory.
    The colour is a good lambeth colour and afan ys design is beautiful, you've done well...
  33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Hi ANNE! I went to the Doulton Exhibition here in Sydney in 1979 at Centrepoint Tower if I remember. It was amazing. It was there I saw these Impasto pieces for the first time, I think.

    Believe me, if the dealers who sold me this had noted the mark they would never have sold it. It took me to see it clearly? with a loupe but it is that early oval mark.

    I would appreciate it if you would put that link to the Slater Collection here.

    Thanks yet again!
  34. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 3 years ago
    Shall do when I'm on laptop tomorrow......
  35. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 3 years ago
    I'd also contact the museum and tell them you are doing a report for Collectors Weekly, the Slater contingent. There are some photos available as well, some in black and white. I'll do a feature on the ones that are currently available. They are unfortunately mainly in black and white. I'm not sure if they have them in postcards but if they do let you go see it can you grab me some and I will fix you up...I've got someone's name from there, I'll try and hunt it out.
    Sorry about the earlier typos, couldn't find my
  36. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks KIVATINITZ !!!!!!
  37. Radegunder Radegunder, 2 years ago
    Beautiful, and I'd have the right spot for that vase!!!
  38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks AURA & RADEGRUNDER !!!!!
  39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks IRAS !!! !!! !!!
  40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
  41. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks HO2 CULTCHA !!!!!
  42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks RADEGRUNDER !!!! !!!! !!!!

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