Royal Doulton’s “Harvest” VASE D6120 designed by Frank Brangwyn marking
Sir Frank William Brangwyn, (born 1867; died 1956); member of the Royal Academy; Royal Watercolour Society; Royal Society of British Artists, was an Anglo-Welsh artistic jack-of-all-trades.
As well as paintings in oil, watercolour, gouache, huge murals, etchings, wood engravings and drawings, he produced designs for stained glass, furniture, ceramics, table glassware, buildings and interiors, was a lithographer, a woodcutter and a book illustrator.
Brangwyn received some artistic training, probably from his designer father William Curtis Brangwyn, then Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, an architect and designer who influenced the Arts and Crafts movement, and from contacts he made at the South Kensington Museum (now part of the V & A).
Brangwyn obtained an apprenticeship with William Morris first as a glazier then in embroidery and wall paper work.
Brangwyn was passionate about ceramics and, although not making them himself, collected examples of Persian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese wares.
Both Charles and Cecil Nokes of Royal Doulton were men ahead of their time, constantly on the search for something new thus, in the late 1920s, Doulton approached Frank Brangwyn to design a range of tableware.
As befitting someone with his Arts and Crafts background, Brangwyn stipulated that the Doulton wares should look like hand-thrown pottery.
Brangwyn also demanded that the painters decorating the pieces should be allowed some freedom of expression, so each piece is slightly different and although the motifs in the sets are similar, every piece has individual character.
Originally intended to be offered to the general public as quality china at a reasonable price, the designs proved unpopular at the time and their rarity now has meant that they have become collectable.
At the time, critics hailed Doulton’s new ware as the pinnacle of ceramic mass production.
Brangwyn’s commercial designs were not only for Royal Doulton but also for Foley Pottery (Shelley), Ashtead Potters and Iris tableware for Clarice Cliff’s Bizarre range at A J Wilkinson.
He also produced designs for ceramic tiles.
A very highly regarded artist in his time, examples of Harvest pattern Brangwyn Ware by Doulton are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Makers mark for post 1932.
Dimensions 14 cm high, 12 cm diameter base.