Fine pair of Mintons terra cotta moon flasks hand painted with putto or cherubs on the front sides. The putto are shown flying amidst butterflies and dogwood boughs in flower. On the backs are more floral foliate painted decoration with two butterflies. The edge of the lip of the flasks are gilt, as are the 'handles'. There is also gilt outlining of the entire flask; the body of the flask as well as the stand. Condition is very good. There is some minor gilt loss to the smaller of the two flasks, as well as some retouching to the gilt. Also the smaller of the two flasks may have been repaired at one time. I've shown a picture of this possible repair at the juncture of the stand and the body of the flask. If it is an old repair; it was professionally executed and does not detract in any way from the beauty of the piece, or with it's function. These marvelous moon flasks may be found in museums around the world, most especially in Great Britain of course. These flasks are signed by the artist, EJS: Eliza Jameson Stutt?
Marks: The impressed Mintons mark, the pattern # I498, year mark for 1873, artist's initials.
Dimensions: The larger flask is 13 3/8" tall, 10.5" wide and 2.5" deep. The smaller is 13" tall, 10" wide and 2.5" deep.
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