Vase, flowers, earthenware, unknown artist after design by Louis Bilton, made by Doulton & Co, Burslem, England, c1893
A vase made of ivory coloured, wheel-thrown earthenware, with a globular body, bearing a floral decoration. A foot ring rising to a squat globular body, with an elongated flaring neck. The body is decorated with transfer printed flowers and foliage, handcoloured in green, pink, red, white, brown, yellow, orange and mauve, with gold highlights, on a matt ivory and blue background. The neck is decorated with an all over photo transfer print floral pattern in brown, on a pale yellow background. The rim, base of neck and foot are edged in gold. The interior of the rim is decorated in clouded gold.
Maker's trademark on base, transfer printed in brown, crown surmounting irregular circle shape, with text 'DOULTON / BURSLEM' encircling central motif of four interlooping 'D's, beneath which is text, transfer printed in red 'DOULTON & SLATER'S / PATENT' . Maker's number and mark impressed on base '6117' and 'DOULTON'. Artist's number on base, painted in black ink 'G.W. 706'. Rectangular paper label adhered to base, written in black ink 'B18'.