AN OLD HALL EARTHENWARE CO. LTD. PINK AND BROWN GROUND AND DRAGON-HANDLED EWER
This late Victorian ewer in the Japanese style is notable for the sinuous gilded dragon which is draped around the long neck of the ewer and comes to rest mid-section of the bulbous lower portion. The lower body is printed allover with a simplified and flattened design of apple blossoms and leaves, painted in enamel of various shades of pink plus green leaves on the coffee brown background. The small swirls of the background are also hand painted. Christopher Dresser produced designs for Old Hall and it is possible he designed the form of the jug, and also contributed a bold Aesthetic Japanesque apple blossom design.
Old Hall’s trademark of three castle turrets is printed on the bottom, in iron-red ink. Other marks include an impressed 38, plus 3 over 3771 hand penned in red ink. Based on style, it was probably made c. 1880. The vase is 12.5” tall and approx. 7” in diameter across the widest point of the bulbous base. It is in excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration save a few tiny flakes to glaze on one spot.