England, United Kingdom 1858 /1862 – 1910
Staffordshire, England commenced 1854
Vase with waratah decoration
Burslem, England, Great Britain
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases, bone china 'Vellum Ware'; with painted overglaze decoration
Louis Bilton, employed by Doulton as a painter of flowers and birds, came to Australia to draw its flora and fauna for John Sands’ The picturesque atlas of Australia, published between 1886 and 1888. Returning to Doulton in 1889, he produced painted bone china works based on his Australian drawings. Bouquets of waratahs and other native flowers, balanced by undecorated areas with a Japanese brocade-like band at the neck, bring a light elegance to this vase in an expression of the Aesthetic Movement taste of the time.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design