A curious feature strengthens the Hall attribution. As might be expected, the bocage leaves are oak leaves, assembled in a frond. Other potters also used triple-oak-leaf bocage fronds, but Hall's oak leaves tend to be rather poorly modeled. As if to make up for this, Hall paid particular attention to the back of each leaf, tooling it to emphasise the central vein. I see this quirky little feature again and again on figures that link to Hall.
To help bring this all together, I show a marked Hall figure with the same bocage.
The Hall deer did not stay on John's site for long. Despite a hefty price tag--and they were worth every penny of it because where else will you find a pair of deer so attractive and in such fine condition?--they bounded off the site and onto a collector's shelf within two or three days. Bravo! What a lovely purchase.
As a post script: There is not much currently for sale in the way of figures I haven't seen before, so this bull baiting spill vase caught my eye. It is more naive than most, and I think the coloring really pretty. Currently at Nestegg Antiques.