A decade ago at a meeting, I watched a collector with a similar vase ask a dealer what it was. He was puzzled, but I knew what it was, even though they were standing across the room with it. This was not genius on my part; rather, the figure was easily identifiable because it is of the same form as one on the dust jacket of Diana Edward’s Neale Pottery and Porcelain.
Recently, my patience was rewarded with the beautiful example above. It has been well documented, having been illustrated in publications going back to 1929. In 1991, Jonathan Horne showed it at his annual London exhibition. At that stage, Jonathan had the damaged bocage leaves restored, and the difference in color to the leaves on the left and right, I have concluded, reflects the way the vase was made.