A ROYAL WORCESTER RETICULATED PORCELAIN VASE AND COVER BY GEORGE OWEN CIRCA 1913, DATED 1919
of baluster form, the body with a wide band of honeycomb piercing below a unique geometric pierced design, the shoulder with four double-walled pierced lappets edged with bands of white 'pearls', the foot and pierced cover edged with a further band of pearls, factory mark in gold, incised signature 'G Owen', date code for 1919.
Height 9⅞ in.
In overall good appearance and condition. No damage noted.
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Collection of Henrietta Hardy, daughter of George Owen
Thence by descent to her daughter Catherine Amy Carpenter, sold, Phillips London, September 9, 1992, lot 497
Sandon, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 105, fig. 5
This vase appears in a series of staged publicity photographs from about 1913 commissioned by the Royal Worcester factory showing George Owen 'at work' in his studio. The photographs show biscuit-fired vases already in his possession at the time. See L. and J. Rakow, George Owen, Master Reticulator, Ceramics III, May 1986, p. 99. It is likely the vase was glazed in 1919 by his son, George Peter Owen, who then gave it to his sister Henrietta.