jug(after Gaimster 1997)
- Museum number
Stoneware, baluster jug; grey stoneware with cobalt-blue decoration; salt-glazed; pulled lip; strap handle; scrolled handle-terminal; neck - large applied lion mask; shoulder - lozenge diaper panels, fluting, stamped strapwork and floral motifs; high profile - rouletted band; lower body - plain perpendicular grooving, fluting, tapering into foot-ring; body - frieze - seated allegories, Faith, Charity, Justice; inscriptions.
- Production date
- 1586 (on applied body frieze)
Diameter: 91 millimetres (base)
Height: 263 millimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Gaimster 1997
Applied body frieze with the date 1586 and the name of the potter Jan Emens (probably c. 1600)
Baluster jug with pulled lip and strap handle. Salt-glazed light grey stoneware with cobalt-blue painted decoration under the glaze. Applied around the body with an arcaded frieze in low relief with the seated figures of Faith, Charity and Justice flanked by the inscriptions ‘SALICH YST LANT DAER / GEWELT EN WR-ET LYCHT YNDEN / BANT YAN EMENS’ (‘Happy is the land whose strength & virtue lies in union. Jan Emens’) and ‘DIS WEL GEFONDERT / DAER GELOEF ENDEY / LYFDEN ENDEY GER / ECHEIT REGEYRT 1586’ (‘This [land] is well established where Faith, Charity and Justice rule 1586’). The neck is applied with a grotesque lion-mask in high relief. The upper body is decorated with rectangular zones of carved vertical diaper (Kerbschnitt) and the lower body with vertical lines imitating gadrooning.
H: 263 mm
BIBL: Bernal Sale 1855, Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Works of Art … of that Distinguished Collector, Ralph Bernal, Christie’s, London, 5 March – 30 April, lot 3039.
COMP: Von Falke, O. 1908, Das Rheinische Steinzeug (2 volumes), Berlin (reprint Osnabrück 1997), II, figs 220, 222, for identical applied lion-masks on early and late 17th-century vessels from the Westerwald; von Falke comments on the long survival of this decorative motif well into the 17th century (ibid., 79).
The inscription refers to the Revolt of the Netherlands and the advantages of union of all the Low Countries under the Habsburgs.
Chemical analysis (NAA) confirms that this vessel was made in the Westerwald.
- Not on display
- Missing pewter lid-mount.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BL.3039 (Bernal Collection)