- Museum number
Jug; porcelain; moulded with a cabbage-leaf pattern and a bearded mask spout; painted with naturalistic flowers on a yellow ground; flower border under rim; elaborate gilded handle.
- Production date
- 1780-1790 (circa)
Height: 16.40 centimetres
Height: 6.40 inches
Width: 15 centimetres (max width including handle)
Width: 12.60 centimetres (max width without handle)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dawson 2007:
The suject of considerable discussion, this moulded cabbage-leaf jug with its striking, naturalistically painted, mask spout seems quite atypical in its decoration compared with other Dr Wall-period Worcester porcelain, whether painted at the factory or elsewhere. Although the pale yellow ground is convincing and the band of painted ornament around the rim can be paralleled, the finely painted flowers are in a style foreign to those on most Worcester. Other comparable pieces are a teapot and cover acquired in 1969 by Mr and Mrs Henry Masterson from Ginsburg and Levy, New York, and now in the Masterson Collection at Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, and a matching milk jug and cover, which was sold at Sotheby's, 6 May 1969, lot 160 to Amor and is now in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia.
Mrs Lloyd paid Mallett & Son, then of Bath, the sum of £46 in January 1907 for 'an old Worcester jug with yellow ground painted with flowers in the Chelsea style', which she had purchased some months earlier.
cabbage-leaf moulded jugs with mask spouts were made in quantity at the Worcester porcelain factory and were even decorated, somewhat inappropriately with prints. the form was copied by the Caughley factory, Shropshire, and evidently ahd wide appeal.
A related piece with similar decoration is in Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
Anton Gabszewicz suggested in June 2005 that this piece could be a product of the Flight factory, Worcester, c. 1780.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number