DOULTON BURSLEM Large Water Pitcher with Poppies and Gold Gilt Circa 1891 to 1902
This lovely LARGE ANTIQUE PITCHER OR JUG is an early piece by Henry and James Doulton. This piece was manufactured in Burslem Stoke on Tent.
The large water pitcher or jug is beautifully decorated with reddish orange, pink and purple taupe poppy flowers, raised embossed large filigree designs and gold gilt accents.
The pitcher measures approximately 11 ½” tall and 8" wide at the largest part of the "ball." Across, it measures about 9 ¼ wide including spout. The pitcher is in very good condition with no chips or cracks and minimal fading to the gold gilt. There appears to be an ½” diameter area inside the pitcher with a small spider crazing. It cannot be seen on the outside. The bottom rim is scalloped.
The marks and pattern date the piece to between 1891 and 1902 not long after Henry Doulton acquired the Pinder, Bourne & Hope factory in Burslem. The mark does not include the pattern name.
This beautiful pitcher would be a great addition to someone's farmhouse and French country decorating!
About Royal Doulton: Royal Doulton started as a partnership between John Doulton, Martha Jones, and John Watts in London. The company specialized in making stoneware articles, including decorative bottles and salt glaze sewer pipes. With the retirements of both Jones and Watts, the company took the name Doulton & Company in 1853. The business later passed to John’s son, Henry.
In 1871, Henry launched an art pottery studio and worked closely with the Lambeth School of Art to employ more than 300 artists. The painted earthenware became known as Lambeth Faience. In 1882, Henry expanded the company and purchased the small factory of Pinder Bourne in Burslem, Staffordshire to gain entry into the region known as “The Potteries.”
The Royal Family, including Queen Victoria were early admirers of Doulton ware, ordering vases for Windsor Castle and knighting Sir Henry Doulton, the first potter to receive this honor. In 1901, King Edward VII sold the Burslem factory the Royal Warrant, allowing the company to adopt new markings and a new name, Royal Doulton.
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