A most unusual piece of Staffordshire Aesthetic Movement transferware, dating from the late 19th Century – c. 1880 or so: A blue transfer Oil & Vinegar Double Cruet decorated with Butterflies and Fern Leaves or fronds. The cruet is 7" tall and about 3 ¼" wide (at the widest point) and about 2" thick. It appears that the individual cruet bottles were molded and the transfers applied before they were attached and fired together in the kiln. The bottom is unglazed and there is a hand-painted rope decoration around each neck.
Very fine condition: there are no chips, cracks, lines or repairs. The blue color is very pleasing (almost an ink-blue) and the off-white glaze is slightly crackled. In talking with other ceramics dealers and experts about this form, only one has seen another example.