I love watching Antiques Roadshow & Bargain Hunt, and saw an episode recently which showed a beautiful old vase made by George Owen (1845-1917). It was Reticulated Porcelain ( or Porcelaine réticulée in French). The piece wasn’t signed because it was an early trial piece, with a chunk that had been restored at the bottom of the vase. The screenshot below is from Christies, click on the picture to go to the website. Just one example of these glorious and skilled works of George Owen !
George Owen’s chosen field of expertise was reticulating – piercing decorative porcelain objects, a technique which he never divulged to anyone. He was without equal, the quality of his work unmatched through to today.
Around 1845, pierced decoration was a hallmark of excellence at England’s Worcester potteries. Reticulated pieces have double walls, of which the outside one is pierced with a pattern, often a network of exceeding fineness, a lace-work in porcelain through which may be seen the internal wall.
It is similar to reticulated masonry facing used in Roman times. I googled the “history of reticulated porcelain“, and “George Owens reticulated porcelain“, but unfortunately, could not find much information via Google.
However, if you click on the link below, it will take you to Google images showing some of George Owen’s glorious porcelain works.