Pinder, Bourne & Co, Doulton - A Very Rare pair of Moon Flasks
Of moon-flask form, these vases are reminiscent of the oriental form, yet these have a more spherical shape, other than the flattened sides typically seen with the oriental forms.
With a Powder Blue underglaze on each side, there are slightly differing printed designs to each.
Both with floral sprays, we see Roses, Orchids, Ferns, Honeysuckle and Marguerites, with each single design, located on its own quadrant.
The designs are transfer printed, with gilt heightening, the gilt theme can be sen throughout the rest of the vases too, lining the neck, banding and feet, creating contrast between the underglaze and the painted, Navy Blue.
This deeper, painted blue, is featured throughout the neck and feet, and the central strap that creates the faces of the vases body.
With the feet, we can clearly see the influence of Chinese Bronze's, particularly the feet of censors.
To the base of one of the vases, there is a barely legible impressed mark for Pinder Bourne and Co, Burslem, Staffordshire, Which, in 1878, merged with Doulton's of London, but not before it carried out some exciting international exhibitions.
Height - 35cm
Diameter - 29cm