An elegant pair of tall - 27cm - Royal Doulton Art Nouveau stoneware ewers from the first decade of the 20th century with beadwork, by Maud Bowden.
The clue to the age of this pair of ewers is the beadwork. Commonly used in the 19th century, it fell out of use when the simple tube-lined shapes of the 20th century started production, probably because beadwork was slower. These ewers have the impressed Doulton Circle mark with Crown and Lion that started in 1902, and the date of manufacture must be shortly after that. They both also have the monograms of Maud Bowden and one of them the impressed mark of Olive Dale.
The ewers are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or restoration. One of them has overglaze on the neck probably to conceal damage during initial firing.