Jane Hurst is listed in Desmond Eyles’ book The Doulton Lambeth Wares, as having worked at Doulton from 1889-1922. She was a Senior Assistant at Lambeth from 1882.
By 1911 she was a supervisor and in her last 10 years at Doultons, she produced original work. Her stoneware output was prolific and always of the highest quality. Quality works by her are still readily available. Jane Hurst’s 33 years of service at Doulton was in no ways unusual and 40 years plus were quite commonplace. Her output was prolific, and fortunately much of her work has survived.
Early biscuit barrel (left) and 3 later vases by Jane Hurst (right)
As you can see from the above two pictures her style followed the changing patterns of taste. The biscuit barrel shows the elaborate nature of popular Victorian taste. All the ‘leafage’ is applied to the surface. The next two vases show the influence of Art nouveau styles, with the introduction of tubelining with coloured infilling glazes. The vase to the extreme right shows the full development of the Art Deco style, with a possible tribute to artist Piet Mondrian in its geometric patterns. The image below shoes Jane Hurst's 'H' signature mark for Doultons.
Jane Hurst Doulton monogram