A large Art Nouveau vase 8" tall by 8.5" diameter with tree decoration by Maud Bowden dating form the 1920s/30s.
This is quite simply one of the most beautiful vases we have had the priveledge to offer. It has four tree motifs in a typical Art Nouveau stylised manner, in a wide variety of colour. The decoration is reminiscent of that of Charles Renee Mackintosh and his contemporaries. The vase has the impressed Doulton Mark with Lion and the monogram of Maud Bowden. The Doulton Mark with lion only dates the vase to after 1922. Maud Bowden was one of Doulton's most experienced ceramic artists, working from about 1903 until 1937. The overall surface of the vase is coated with a drip glaze in a combination of blues and golds, and the trees are in red, blue and pale gold. Although we can date the manufacture of the vase to post 1922, the design shape and colouring are very similar to a design by Francis Pope on page 123 of Desmond Eyles' "The Doulton Lambeth wares".
The vase is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or restorations. As is the case with many drip glazed vases, the glaze is crazed with very fine crazing, but this is not visible except from close up.