Matched Pair of Locke & Co Worcester Vases; Blush Ivory; Acanthus Leaf Pattern

This porcelain was manufactured by Edward Locke at a small production facility he established in 1895 at Shrub Hill, Worcester in 1895. His wares closely followed the styles used at the Royal Worcester works. They included vases, potpourri bowls, urns and other decorative pieces, often with reticulated features. A pale yellow and/or buff ground was frequently used. Locke continued this operation into the 20th century when it was taken over by the Royal Worcester Porcelain Co sometime between 1904 and 1914. Edward Locke used three marks for his wares: from 1895 to 1903, a printed "Locke & Co/Worcester" mark; from 1895 to 1900, a printed globe mark with three bands reading "Locke & Co/Worcester/England"; and from 1900 to close, a similar printed globe mark reading "Locke & Co Ltd/Shrub Hill Works/Worcester" with "England" printed below the globe. This pair bears the mark used from 1895 to 1900.

The vases measure 6 ¾ inches tall and 3 inches across the mouth and are decorated in a beautiful blush ivory matte glaze. Acanthus leaves in relief cascade from top to base. Gold leaf has been applied to the mouth, base and raised details to increase the visual appeal. It is very rare to find a matched pair of vases of this quality. There are no chips, cracks, crazing or damage to the painted surfaces of any kind. There is
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