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Bretby Art Nouveau Planter or Jardiniere Leaf Shape 907 Henry Tooth and Co

Bretby Art Nouveau  Planter or Jardiniere Leaf Shape 907 Henry Tooth and CoClick the image to enlarge

Bretby Art Nouveau Planter or Jardiniere Leaf Shape 907 Henry Tooth and Co

A late 19th century English pottery large Art Nouveau  scrolling overlapping leaf shaped design jardiniere or planter made by the renowned Henry Tooth and Co at the Bretby Art Pottery, Woodville, near Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire. 

The planter which is moulded in high relief is washed with a creamy coloured glaze which pools brown and has a lime green stencilled design. The stencilled design is Japonesque in style, not unlike a Kanji character repeated in three cartouches around the pinched waist. The inside of the rim has the same lime green wash to the upper rim.

This great planter dates from around 1893 - 1900 is marked  on the base with the impressed Bretby sun burst mark, the shape number 907 and the registered design number 214650 which was registered in 1893. 

Bretby Art Pottery was an art pottery studio founded by Henry Tooth and William Ault in 1882. They designed and built their own pottery in Woodville, Derbyshire, where production began on 25 October 1883. Tooth had been invited by Christopher Dresser to establish the Linthorpe Pottery at Middlesbrough in 1879 but it did not take long before he moved onto this new venture.

Within a year of opening they had won a gold award at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1884, the same year that the 'Sunburst' trade mark was registered.

The partnership was dissolved on 1 January 1887 when William Ault set up his own pottery Ault & Co. nearby  in Midland Road, Swadlincote also in Derbyshire. Bretby was still produced by Tooth and Co. 

The planter stands approx 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm) high by 10 1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter. It weighs 2943g unpacked  so can only be sent overseas by a courier service. Prices quoted for this are indicative only and may vary for remote locations etc. Please message for a firm price for your location.

The planter is in good antique condition with no chips nor restoration,  some body crazing and small short star crack to the side of the base  there are some very minor moulding faults, air bubbles in the surface of the body, from manufacture - please see the images. 

It is great items for display and highly decorative and attractive examples of Victorian Art Nouveau pottery.

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