A magnificent pair of Doulton Lambert Hannah Barlow salt-glazed stoneware vases. Using the sgraffito technique, Hannah Barlow skillfully decorated these vases with a pastoral scene comprised of sheep and donkeys. Hannah Barlow, having graduated from Lambeth School of Art, was the first female artist hired by Doulton and Co. Her pieces were and are highly sought after as evidenced by the fact that in 1985 Christie’s held an exhibition of her works.
Also noted by their signatures on the base bottoms as having contributed to the design and decorating of these vases are Louisa Russell and Bessie Newberry. Newberry is known for her ability to conceive designs in contrast with her background. Every piece that was produced by the artists at the Doulton studio was hand-decorated, ensuring that each item was unique in design, technique and decoration.
These vases are in excellent condition. The base bottom on one vase appears to have a chip which may have happened during firing or soon after. It does not affect the stability of the vase and cannot be seen in upright position. They each measure 17.25 inches or 43.8 cm high.