A quite magnificent and somewhat rare , highly collectible, antique example of a planter. In the aesthetic style designed by Christopher Dresser of bulbous form with fan horn handles over a geometric banded body in a wonderfully shaded bright green and reddish brown with a hint of blue ( could be just an interesting reflection - please see photographs ) glaze, moulded maker's mark. This piece is really a delight to the eye and would compliment any suitable , sturdy, piece of furniture in the house!
William Ault manufactured earthenwares at their Burton-on-Trent factory from 1887. Christopher Dresser's designs and moulds were sold by Linthorpe to the Ault and Bretby potteries in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, when the company closed in 1889. This jardiniere would have been produced form the original Linthorpe mould which Dresser designed. Dresser jardinieres are extremely collectable.
This shape was originally designed by Christopher Dresser, for Linthorpe Art Pottery. When the pottery closed in 1889, the moulds were sold at public auction. A number were bought by Ault Pottery and a number by Bretby, the shapes continued in production for many years.
Size : top's width : 44 cm. ( 17 21/64" ) - overall height : 30 cm. ( 11 13/16" ).
Weight : 5 kg. !!
Condition : very good - no chips, cracks or glazing.
A William Ault Majolica Jardiniere, Burton-on-Trent, England, 1900c.