A. F. Allbrook, London, acquired on September 29, 1964
Another similar example, one of four, from the Collection of Thomas Greg, is illustrated in the City Art Gallery Catalogue, The Incomparable Art, English Pottery from the Thomas Greg Collection, cat. no. 115. Another example of similar shape and base from the Rous Lench Collection was sold at Christie's London, May 29, 1990, lot 165.
There is an approximate 1 1/2 by 1/4 restored area at the rim of the nozzle. There is a very short and fine haircrack emanating from the side of one mask head and stopping at the applied floral swag. The drip pan has two small rim chips and three pinhead chips to the rim. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.