The Bretby Art Pottery, also known as Tooth & Co., was established in 1883 at Woodville in South Derbyshire, England, and the following year that the distinctive 'Sunburst' trade mark was registered The early Bretby output had a close affinity to the Linthorpe pottery, where the founder of the company, Henry Tooth had previously been employed. In the late 1880s, Bretby began producing a distinctive pottery known as 'Copperette', because it simulated hammered copper, and around 1900 Bretby commenced producing simulated bronze pottery, with imitation cabochon gems applied to the surface. In the early 1900s, "Clantha ware" was evolved, with its distinctive black matt glaze, decorated in angular patterns. Production at the Bretby Pottery declined in the early 1900s, and ceased production in 1920.
An unusual Art Deco Bretby pottery vase/Candleholder, circa 1920s-30s, pattern 3563, of broad low domed 'Spaceship' form with wheel turned ribs having a small aperture to the centre, and glazed in a semi matte emerald glaze, canary yellow to the interior;
A Bretby Art Pottery vase, of rounded cone form with narrow neck, decorated with a green, brown, blue and yellow dragonfly in relief to the front on a deep burgundy ground. Impressed marks to base. Miniscule rim frit. 15 cm x 16 cm
A c.1900 Bretby Pottery bowl, three Japanese masks to the body in high relief, three claw like sculptured feet, pale glaze to the exterior with darker highlights, dark glaze to the interior. Impressed mark. Diameter 20.3 cm
A rare Bretby Aulsebrook's (N.Z.) biscuit plate, the oval plate with frilled rim in banded majolica glaze, red, tan and green, set with three biscuits with matt unglazed finish variously shaped and embossed 'Aulsebrook's Milk Arrowroot Christchurch', 'A. &
A Bretby pottery comical elephant figure 'Musical Elephant', seated with music between his feet, music score to his feet, his jacket and hat with staves and notes, playing his trumpet form trunk, matt glazed in dark brown and tan with red highlights, impre
An Art Deco Bretby green jardiniere on stand, the stand on a domed foot with cylindrical stem with flared cylindrical jardiniere. Height 90 cm. Provenance: gift of the late John W. Kenny to Marjorie Kingston, 1972
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