A rare and important Doulton Lambeth Aesthetic Movement trailing floral design vase by renowned and sought-after designer Emily J Edwards dated 1875.
Emily Edwards was one of the first women designers and decorators at the Lambeth Studios and her specialty was carved and incised foliate patterns. Miss Edwards died at an early age, having worked only for a few years at Doulton Lambeth and making specimens of her work rare.
This exceptional stoneware vase typifies the quality of her work. The bulbous shape vase stands on a shaped round foot with the tall round body with a narrow funnel neck and trumpet top with a grooved rim. The body of the vase is decorated with stylized scrolling leaf designs applied with floral blooms attached to raised trailing white beadwork. The vase is painted in tones of brown, blue and green with elements of white on a mottled blue ground. The vase has impressed makers marks to the base along with incised artist marks for Emily J Edwards and assistant marks for William Baron (prior to setting up his own acclaimed pottery in Barnstaple in Devon) along with other indistinct assistant marks. The vase is also dated 1875.