Hall figures have their charm, but I have yet to see a drop-dead gorgeous example. They are definitely desirable, but nothing to leave you weak at the knees. Hall was a sloppy potter most of the time, and I am fascinated by the quirkiness of his work. Another bocage form that Hall used frequently comprises oak leaves and acorns, as on the figure below.
When it came to the back, Hall went more than the extra mile. He deliberately tooled a very prominent central vein onto each leaf. I see this again and again on Hall bocages of this form. It is almost as if extra work went into tooling the leaf after it came out the mold. A little tidying up at the back, but forget about the front?
Hall did not confine his skills to just these bocage forms. Below are two dandy ladies Hall made. The lady in the yellow dress is marked HALL. Her bocage leaves and flowers are quite generic. Anyone might have made them. The lady on the right is unmarked, but she has that oak-leaves-and-acorns bocage that is associated with Hall.
Alongside is the dandy lady that Hall's competitor John Dale made. The bocage flowers (or what's left of them) are specific to Dale.
Comparing the Dale lady to the Hall lady, shows tiny differences in the mold.
Remember that Hall figures can exhibit other distinctive features, including a star-shaped flower discussed in the Dec 12, 2012 blog posting. A concise summary of everything about Hall (and every other maker) will be in the first volume of my new book.