Vase, cattle in rural setting, earthenware, painted by William George Hodkinson, made by Royal Doulton, 1902-1920.
A vase, made of wheel-thrown earthenware, bearing a decoration of three Holbein cows in a rural scene. A foot ring rises to an almost spherical body, with a short neck and flaring rim. The body is decorated with a black, brown and white cow, all facing left, standing in water at the edge of a lake, amongst wooded countryside at sunset. The setting is painted in shades of green, brown, yellow and orange. The neck and exterior/interior of the rim are painted black.
Maker's trademark on base, transfer printed in black, lion on top of crown surmounting irregular circle shape, with text 'DOULTON / BURSLEM' encircling central motif of four interlooping 'D', with text 'ENGLAND' beneath. Maker's numbers on base, in impressed text '2' and '6334'. Circular paper label adhered to base, printed in brown, with the number written in black ink 'ROYAL DOULTON / - / John Slater / Collection / No...173'. Sunburst paper label adhered to base, written in black ink, '6334 / M/X/'. Rectangular paper label adhered to base, written in black ink 'B127'. Painter's signature on body of vase, below trees, 'W.Hodkinson'.