A vintage Portmeirion Oil and Vinegar Bottle Set, complete with original stoppers, from the Birds Of Britain series by Susan Williams-Ellis.
This is a stunning set of bottles, bearing a Bearded Titmouse on the oil bottle and a Goldfinch on the vinegar bottle. Both of these bottles have their original stoppers, which is a bonus as they often get broken or lost.
9 in (23 cm) tall including the stopper
2.25 in (6 cm) diam of the base
Birds Of Britain
Susan Williams-Ellis originally conceived the idea for a Birds Of Britain range in 1974. The beautiful and highly decorative illustrations were taken from the book 'Natural History Of British Birds' by E. Donovan. The range launched in 1977, initially exclusively to John Lewis in the UK and Bitossi in Italy. This design became most popular in the USA and Europe but for some reason not so much in the UK, which Susan could never understand. The Barn Owl was removed to please the Italian market, where they were considered an ill omen, and the Black Cock was removed as it's name was thought to discourage sales. These two designs have since become highly collectable as they are much rarer than others, as they were discontinued in 1985. The whole range was discontinued around 1997, although some special orders were still available up to 2002.