Date & Origin
Excellent, age-related wear as shown, no chips cracks or restoration
Height: 14cm , Diameter: 15.5cm
A highly unusual Art Nouveau Linthorpe style pottery water jug dating to the late 19th century.
The highly unusual design, colour combination, glaze and bleeding would all point to early Linthorpe, however, the pottery mark 'ENGLAND' is not a known Linthorpe mark and indeed after extensive research, we can't say for sure who produced this piece...only that it is of exceptional quality and design and very much out of the Christopher Dresser handbook.
With green, orange and yellow bleeding, the water jug is triangular with a poring section to the front and an applied handle. Mared 'ENGLAND' on the base.
Linthorpe Art Pottery ran for just ten years from 1879 to 1889. It was started by John Harrison at the suggestion of Christopher Dresser, the prominent designer. Dresser supplied many designs for the pottery. Henry Tooth ran the pottery until 1882 when he left to set up Bretby Art Pottery with William Ault. Tooth was succeeded by Richard Patey.
Linthorpe was the first company to use gas-fired kilns, employing a large work force to produce their high-quality wares. Linthorpe closed when John Harrison died in 1889.
Although its life was short, the pottery, probably due to the Dresser connection, was very influential, and Linthorpe pieces are avidly collected today.
We can say with some confidence that you won't find another example of the vase on line. We also have a matching Vase at this time.