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CHARLES NOKE (1858 - 1941); HARRY NIXON (1886 - 1955); ROYAL DOULTON

Chang ware vase with dragon, England, 1920s; Royal Doulton FLAMBE stamp, signed NOKE/HN/CHANG; 8" x 8"; Provenance: Collection of Jerome Shaw, Florida; Sotheby's New York, The Harriman Judd Collection: British Art Pottery, January 2001, lot 356; Exhibited: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983

Sale Price: $6,875

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Condition Report

Professional restoration to dragon's ears and body. Opposing hairlines and small chip to rim.


In 1925 the Doulton Pottery introduced a new line of beautifully glazed wares which it named “Chang” in honor, it was claimed, of “Chang the Elder, one of the greatest potters of the Sung Dynasty.” Although this claim has a sense of authority, there probably was never such a potter and it is all bogus publicity. Not least of all, Doulton’s Chang Ware does not look Chinese.
Chang Ware was developed by Charles Noke, the firm’s Art Director, and introduced to the public in 1925. It is characterized by vessels with thick, sturdy walls covered by equally heavy cascades of glazes running down the sides. The notably bright palette ranges from white to red, blue and green. Often crackled effects are seen, especially in the thick white glaze. Although there is an element of chance in the way the glazes run, there is also a sense of control. Much of the credit goes to Harry Nixon (1886-1955), the Doulton artist whose initials appear on this vase.
Whereas most Chang vessels are simple, wheel-thrown shapes, this vase is exceptional because of the dragon in fairly high relief that encircles the body and neck. Such sculptural effects are extremely rare. In fact, this vase was formerly in the distinguished, extensive collection of English pottery assembled by Allen Harriman and Edward Judd, and was selected for exhibition in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1983. - Dr. Martin Eidelberg