English 18th Century Salt-Glaze Stoneware Cream Jug.

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English 18th Century Salt-Glaze Stoneware Cream Jug of pear form, with moulded, arched handle terminating in a finger-pinched "tail," on three mask and paw feet. The body slip cast to both sides of the rococo-moulded spout with a baby perched on extensive grape leaves on the vine, and one placed strategically at the boy's crotch.


3 1/2" H.

Circa 1745 - 1755.

Parallels: In the V & A Museum, Schriber Collection, the baby smaller and with birds; no. 414:1022-1885. Ima Hogg Bayou Bend Collection, at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has a painted example of the same jug, B.62.45. The moulding was given a name later, "Indian Tree," although this kind of pattern naming may not be contemporaneous with manufacture. 

Provenance: Alastair Sampson, 1999.

Robin Henry Ceramic Collection, New York, #109. 

Condition: Restoration to spout. The belt connecting the two moulded sides is quite prominent. Firing crack around the applied feet, in manufacture.