Royal Doulton Jug & Bowl, ca. 1905
Appraised Value: $500 - $600
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Appraisal Video: (4:14)
Decorative Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Vice President of Special Collections
GUEST: This pitcher was given to me in the '70s. My uncle bought it down on Montana Street here in El Paso at an antiques shop. And about a year ago, I found the bowl in an antiques shop in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, and I wondered if they were a match.
APPRAISER: So the two pieces are 30 years apart in terms of your owning them.
APPRAISER: Have you been looking for the bowl all that time?
APPRAISER: They're both obviously the same pattern. And if we look underneath at both of them, and I'll do this on just the jug, you'll see the mark of the Royal Doulton Company in England. But even without seeing the mark, many of the qualities of this set are unmistakably Royal Doulton. The standard of manufacture and design and forms and just what it is. You can see underneath there are two what we call registered numbers, R.D. numbers, and these are numbers that Royal Doulton put on after they had registered the design. It's almost like a patent. And this meant that no one could copy that design, that they owned this design. There are two numbers because one is for the shape and one is for the pattern. And the registered numbers can help us date it precisely. And both of those series of registered numbers appear in 1904. So, we can say with some certainty that this was designed and almost certainly manufactured around 1904. The pattern is called Aubrey. Aubrey was the first name of a famous British designer. Aubrey Beardsley. And he did exactly this kind of imagery, and I suspect that Doulton took the name Aubrey from Aubrey Beardsley. I don't believe that Aubrey Beardsley designed this. The style is unmistakably Art Nouveau and specifically English Art Nouveau. These devices, which are the main feature, we call these tendrils, and they're a very common feature of Art Nouveau that we find in France, and especially at this time in English Art Nouveau. Now, you wanted to know if they started out life together, is that correct?
APPRAISER: Well, I would say they probably didn't. I think it's an extraordinary coincidence that you found both. But there is something slightly different about the jug from the bowl. Do you see what that is?
GUEST: The gold?
APPRAISER: Right. There's a little bit of gilding evident on the jug here. Now it's possible that this had gilding too, and over the years it has all worn out. It's more likely that it didn't. So, the fact is there's no positive way of knowing if these two were originally married, if you like, and have subsequently got divorced and ended up living in different towns and you've reunited them.
GUEST: Is it flow blue?
APPRAISER: The term "flow blue" is what we apply to any transfer-printed blue and white ware, where the blue color kind of flows into the white in some degree. This does it to a minimal degree. But yes, what I would say is, if you're selling it, it's flow blue. If you're buying it, it isn't.
APPRAISER: In the 1970s, do you have any idea what your uncle paid for the jug?
GUEST: I have no idea what he paid for it.
APPRAISER: You bought this at an antiques shop, the bowl. Tell me how much you paid for it.
GUEST: It came with another Royal Doulton pitcher, but they didn't match, for somewhere around 130, 140.
APPRAISER: Okay. If you found the jug in an antiques shop, it would probably be $150 or maybe a little more, and this $100, $130. But when you put them together, it amplifies the value. I would say today in an antiques shop, the two of them would likely retail at $500 or $600, something like that, because they're very ornamental and very decorative and very well made.
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