A wonderful and special Worcester Barr Flight Barr campana vase with snake handles, beautifully painted with a scene marked on the base as "Ruins of Bayham Abbey Church." The reverse of the scene with a salmon ground and having detailed urn and foliage gilding. The rim of the body proper and the top of the supporting column with faux pearls. The bottom also inscribed with "Barr Flight & Barr Worcester Manufac' to Their Majesties."
The vase is 6" tall and 6" wide across the handles. Condition is superb, with no chips, cracks, paint loss, or restoration. The gilding, which is always a problem with pieces such as this, is in excellent shape, with only the most minimal wear or loss in places.
In short, this is a truly exceptional example by any measure.
NOTE: Bayham Old Abbey is an English Heritage property, located near Lamberhurst, Kent, England. Founded c. 1207 Bayham functioned as an abbey until its dissolution in the 16th century. The ruins were partially modified in the late 18th century, to provide a better landscape feature during landscaping of the new Bayham Abbey mansion park.