Salt-glazed stoneware

10 inches high, 13 inches in diameter
Marked: “Doulton & Slater’s Patent,” “8=84,” and “268 B”

Made under Doulton & Slater’s Patent. John Slater and Henry Doulton developed a process of impressing lace into the wet clay they called “Chine.” Production started in 1883. A cursory study of Doulton marks suggests that this jardiniere was made before the Lambeth factory was granted the royal warrant in 1901—deciphering the number codes will doubtless provide an accurate date.

The dark brown molded geese have been “sprigged” on to the buff-colored ground in typical Doulton fashion, but fingerprints in the clay indicate that the blossoming tree was built up by hand.

There are gold luster highlights on the applied decorations and the dark green band around the top has an Aesthetic Movement pattern executed in dull gold.