A MINTONS PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BROWN-GROUND VASE CIRCA 1895
shape number 2443, decorated by Alboin Birks, incised signature ABirks, decorated in white slip with a maiden holding a quiver of arrows teaching a cupid to shoot an arrow, the reverse with a medallion hanging from a ribbon showing a heart pierced with two arrows, the shoulder with a foliate wreath in raised gilding, crowned globe MINTONS marks in gold, impressed MINTONS mark.
Height 7⅝ in.
In good appearance and condition. No damage noted.
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The Boothman Smallwood Collection, sold, Christie's South Kensington London, April 27, 1990
A similar example see anonymous sale Christie's New York, October 10, 2001, lot 190. See Joan Jones, Mintons, The First Two Hundred Years of Design & Production, Shrewsbury, 1993, p. 320 for a pair of 'Prototype vases' produced by Stephen Oakes and Malcolm Bratt using this design by Birks to commemorate the firm's Bicentenary.