Learn about Bretby Art Pottery / Tooth & Co.

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.
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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

Green glazed tri-footed Bretby bowl, approx 10 cm high, 23 cm diameter

Bretby bowl with basket weave decorated base. 10 cm high, 20.5 cm dia

Pair of Bretby tapering flared rim vases, decorated with birds. 19 cm high (2)

Large Bretby vase decorated with birds & flowers, approx 32 cm high

Unusual Bretby ewer with faux metal strap handle, approx 25 cm high

Bretby vase decorated with birds & flowers. 21 cm high

Pair of exhibition quality Bretby twin handle vases with applied jewels

Bretby 1950s cat figure, with green glass eyes. Height 24 cm

Two yellow and black Art Deco Bretby vases together with a blue Bretby bowl

Circa 1900 Bretby pottery jardiniere, decorated with masks on maroon ground. Height 27 cm

Circa 1900 Bretby Donkey Drummer figure. Incised model number 1359. Right ear chipped. Height 16 cm

An early 20th century Bretby cold painted terracotta cat sculpture, the young cat with glass eyes and red ball string between its front paws, impressed marks, some paint rubbing. Length 24 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

A 1930s Bretby baluster shaped pottery vase, with satin green glaze and ribbed decoration. Impressed marks. Height 18 cm

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

Bretby Ware vase. Two handled cylindrical body with floral design. Cream glaze. 24 cm

A Bretby jardiniere in green glaze of plain circular shape impressed marks, circa 1900. Height 24 cm

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