Vase, flowers, earthenware, painted by Harry Mountford, made by Doulton & Co, Burslem, England, 1885-1891
A vase, composed of wheel-thrown, white earthenware, with a cylindrical body, bearing a decoration of flowers and foliage. A cylindrical ring base rises to a cylindrical body. curving to a short, cylindrical neck, with a flaring rim and a one centimetre wide vertical edge. The lower section of the body is decorated in a band of green leaves edged in gold, above which is a scrolling foliate pattern in gold outline, on a pale yellow background. The main body is decorated with flowers and leaves, mainly in pink, yellow, brown and blue, outlined in raised gold and white enamel highlights, on an ivory and clouded gold background. The shoulder is decorated with a band of green leaves, outlined in gold and the neck is decorated in gold, transfer printed floral tracery on a dark red background. The base and rim are edged in gold and the interior of the rim is decorated in clouded gold.
Maker's trademark on base, transfer printed in black, crown surmounting irregular circle shape, with text 'DOULTON / BURSLEM' encircling central motif of four interlooping 'D's. Maker's marks and number on base in impressed text '1102B', 'DOULTON' and '*'. Painter's monogram on base, handwritten in brown 'HM'. Starburst paper label adhered to base, written in black ink 'H Mountford', and in pencil 'LK/+/-'. Rectangular paper label adhered to base, written in black ink 'B23'.