A vintage Art Deco Charlotte Rhead designed vase by Crown Ducal in the Manchu Pattern number 4511 and shape number 176 Art Deco - 1936 to 1939
A vintage Art Deco Crown Ducal Manchu pattern vase decorated in a design by Charlotte Rhead. It is a striking Chinoiserie design of a stylised Chinese four clawed dragon tube-lined in grey infilled with green, red, orange and yellow enamels with gilding, all on a mottled green glaze ground. There are floating cloud scrolls in a pale blue and orange red enamel and a repeated stylised cloud scroll border motif to the top and bottom of the vase. There is also a stylised floral looking version of the flaming pearl.
Charlotte's Manchu pattern is an adaptation of the Chinese dragon design 411 on Bursley ware by her father Frederick Rhead which in turn is a copy of a centuries old Chinese original.
Crown Ducal was the trade name of A G Richardson & Co Ltd, earthenware manufacturers at the Gordon Pottery in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire England. The famous ceramic designer Charlotte Rhead joined them in 1932, this design is their pattern number 4511 and was introduced in 1936 and was used until about 1939. The vase is a baluster shape and Crown Ducal shape number 176.
The vase is approximately 8 1/4 inches (21 cm) high, body diameter 5 3/16 inches (13 cm) diameter. It weighs 559 grammes unpacked.
The vase is in good vintage condition. There is a small filled and disguised chip to the base, no other chips, cracks nor restoration. Please see the images.