Posted on July 29, 2023
A Fabulous Pair of Antique Circa 1885 Miniature Doulton Lambeth Baluster Vases
Here for your consideration is an exquisite and extremely rare pair of antique, miniature, handmade, circa 1885, Doulton Lambeth, stoneware, 5.5 cup handled, baluster vases, showing an aesthetic floral, foliage and strapwork pattern. A very rare pair of miniature baluster vases, distinctive and attractive in appearance, set in a Renaissance style, that were made by Harry Barnard and John Broad (artists) with the help of Miss Felton and Lizzie French (senior assistants). Please take time to look at all 12 photos to fully appreciate the quality of workmanship in these delightful miniature baluster vases. The two miniature vases have stunning dark tones of brown, green, fawn, cream and blue with the usual factory signed identification marks stamped and written to their bases. Condition: no chips, cracks, damage, or restoration. They do have some base wear/patina commensurate with their 134 years of age, but nothing unusual. The Royal Doulton Company began as a partnership between John Doulton, Martha Jones, and John Watts, with a factory at Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London. Their business specialised in making stoneware. The company took the name Doulton in 1853. By 1871, Henry Doulton, John’s son, launched a studio at the Lambeth Pottery and offered work to designers and artists from the nearby Lambeth School of Art. The first to be engaged was George Tinworth followed by artists such as the Barlow family (Florence, Hannah, and Arthur), Frank Butler, Mark Marshall and Eliza Simmance. The headquarters building and factory of the Royal Doulton ceramics firm were in Lambeth, on the south bank of the Thames. This Art Deco building was designed by T. In 1939 Gilbert Bayes created the friezes that showed the history of pottery through the ages. The Lambeth factory closed in 1956 due to clean air regulations preventing urban production of salt glaze. Following closure, work was transferred to the Potteries. The factory building was demolished in 1978 and the friezes transferred to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The office building in Black Prince Road, still survives, complete with a frieze of potters and Sir Henry Doulton over the original main entrance, executed by George Tinworth. On 30 September 2005, the Nile Street factory closed. Some items are now made in the parent company, WWRD Holdings Ltd in Barlaston, Staffordshire. Further production is carried out in Indonesia. Royal Doulton Ltd finally went into administration on 5 January 2009. Height: 5.5 inches or 14 cm. Diameter: 2.25 inches or 5.5 cm (widest point of each vase). Diameter: 1.5 inches or 3.8 cm (top of each vase). Diameter: 1.75 inches or 4.3 cm (base of each vase). Weight: 6.6 oz or 188 grams (vase one). Weight: 6.8 oz or 192 grams (vase two). Weight: 13.4 oz or 380 grams (combined). This is an extremely rare find indeed, I’ve only got one pair and once they’ve gone…. You might never find another pair this good and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about antiques/collectables when items are of quality and extremely rare he who hesitates usually ends up losing out. These rare vases would add value to any Doulton Lambeth collection. A real must for any serious collector. A rare pair of miniature Doulton Lambeth vases that have become so very sought-after/collectable and are appreciating in value, basically because people are beginning to realise, the skill and workmanship involved in creating these miniature vases! These would make an ideal gift or solid future investment. Please note all my international postal charges are only estimates and will be confirmed and altered up or down when I know the destination to where, items are being sent. Please feel free to look at my other items.