I don't often use the word rare. It's easy to over-use it and then it means very little. These, however, are rare.
Bretby moon flasks are uncommon anyway, but here we have a matched pair, and both in perfect condition. There is the expected crazing to the glaze, but there are no chips or cracks. Both are perfect and complete.
The colour is hard to describe. It's a light greenish yellow, though the photographs don't all show the green tint. On each vase, on each side, is a raised and hand painted pattern of wild roses. In total there are four different wild rose patterns.
Each flask measures about 9.5 inches (24cm) in height, and 8.25 inches (20.5cm) at its widest, across the handles.
Bretby Art Pottery (Tooth & Co. Ltd.) was started in 1883 by Henry Tooth and William Ault. The company produced designs of significance in the British Art Pottery movement. The pattern number is 956, and on one of the flasks are the decorator's initials - FVS. The mark dates them after 1891.
An important addition to any collection of British Art Pottery.
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