SOLD ITEM 9528 - Doulton Burslem sphere shape porcelain vase c1900

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This very rare Doulton Burslem sphere shape vase made between 1882 and 1902, is from Doulton's very limited edition design line of Shakespearean series ware. It is signed by the artist W. (William) Nunn. It depicts a scene featuring Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. The vase measures 6" inches tall X 5.5" inches wide and about 18" inches around. Base measures 2.75" inches across. Top of curved lip of the vase is gilt painted. Excellent condition; no flaws. The bottom of the base is marked "Doulton Burslem England" with the four interlocking letter D's with the coronet or crown at the top. The coronet was probably added to the earlier mark (interlocking D's & England) c. 1886 to mark the appointment of Henry Doulton as 'Potter to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales' (later King Edward VI 1), ENGLAND was added underneath after 1891. This mark continued in use until 1902. It appears to have been used especially on bone china products and on the more expensive earthen wares. Bottom is also marked, "Merry Wives of Windsor", "Falstaff "help me away: let me creep in here, I'll never - ", "HE GETS INTO THE BASKET". Through Henry Doulton, the pottery became associated with the Lambeth School of Art directed by John Sparkes from about 1866. William Nunn was working at the factory during that time period, and we know that he cared so much about it that he then signed it. We can also see that it is decorated all the way around. This epitomizes the Victorian style. This piece does represent what is probably the top five percent of Doulton.
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