jug(after Gaimster 1997)
- Museum number
Stoneware baluster jug; grey stoneware; domed pewter lid-mount, scallop-shell thumbpiece; cobalt-blue decoration; salt-glazed; strap handle, scrolled handle-terminal; neck - frieze, grotesque masks, heavy strapwork separates; shoulder - framed diaper panels, stamped leafed flowers, floral and elaborate stamps; central frieze - seven ovoid medallions, mask-surmounted columns separate; full-length figures of the Virtues; inscriptions.
- Production date
- 1618 (applied date)
Diameter: 80 millimetres (base)
Diameter: 63 millimetres (rim)
Height: 267 millimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Gaimster 1997
with applied date 1618
Baluster jug with strap handle. Domed pewter lid with scallop-shell thumbpiece (separated). Salt-glazed light grey stoneware with cobalt-blue painted decoration under the glaze. Applied around the body with a moulded frieze of seven oval medallions set within an arcade, each containing full-length figures of the Virtues with their identifications: ‘SANCTO FIDES DER H GLAVE’ (Faith), ‘SPESMEI IN DEI HOFFEN AVF GOTT’ (Hope), ‘CHARITAS DIE LIEBE’ (Charity), ‘IVSTITA GERECHTIGKEIT’ (Justice), ‘FORTITVDO STARKGE’ (Fortitude), ‘WEISHEITT PRVDENTIA’ (‘Prudence’) and ‘TEMPERANTIA MESSICHKEIT’ (Temperance); the date 1618 beneath.
The neck is applied with a frieze of grotesque masks set within strapwork relief. The shoulder and lower body of the vessel are decorated with leaf-like zones of carved diagonal diaper (Kerbschnitt) and floral stamps.
H: 267 mm
LIT: Von Falke, O. 1908, Das Rheinische Steinzeug (2 volumes), Berlin (reprint Osnabrück 1997), II, 98, for similar Virtues jugs attributed to Johan Kalb of Grenzau, Westerwald.
- Not on display
- Scallop-shell thumb-piece broken off.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: No 328 (Thomas Collection)