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Stoneware baluster jug; strap handle; scrolled handle-terminal; brown and cobalt glazed; pewter lid-mount and thumb-piece; neck frieze - 3 oval framed grotesque busts, panels of interlace scroll, strap and floral relief separate; shoulder - radiating grooved bars; body frieze - 6 full-length 'Landsknecht' figures' architrave supported by caryatid columns; spandrels with grotesque female bearded figures; inscription; monogram; date.
- Production date
- 1584 (on applied body-frieze)
Diameter: 89 millimetres (base)
Diameter: 70 millimetres (rim)
Height: 271 millimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Gaimster 1997
Applied with a body-frieze dated 1584 and the ‘BM’ monogram of the potter Baldem Mennicken
Baluster jug with strap handle with scrolled terminal. Domed pewter lid with linked thumbpiece, the interior of the lid with Dutch pewter marks. Dark grey stoneware, the surface with a dark brown wash and zones of cobalt-blue paint on the neck, body-frieze and shoulder under a salt-glaze.
The neck is applied with a frieze of relief strapwork between roundels containing lion-masks picked out in cobalt-blue. The body is applied with an arcaded frieze containing six full-length Landsknecht figures, the separating columns with caryatids; along the base of the frieze the descriptive labels: ‘EIN FVRER’ (‘a captain’), ‘EIN MYSKEITTER’ (‘a musketeer’) ‘EIN SLACH SVERT’ (‘a battle sword’), ‘EIN TRUMENSLA (‘a drummer’), ‘EIN FENRICH’ (‘a standard bearer’), ‘LAIIEII SPEIS’ (?) and the date ‘84’.
The background to the portraits highlighted in cobalt-blue.
H: 271 mm
LIT: Von Falke, O. 1908, Das Rheinische Steinzeug (2 volumes), Berlin (reprint Osnabrück 1997), II, fig. 162, on a similar Landsknecht jug (in grey stoneware with cobalt-blue) now in the Victoria and Albert Museum attributed to the potter Jan Emens; O’Dell-Franke, I. 1977, Kupferstiche und Radierungen aus der Werkstatt des Virgil Solis, Wiesbaden, cat. f.1-f.29 (pls 52-5) for engravings of Landsknecht soldiers by Virgil Solis of the 1540s on which these figures were probably based; Cotterell, H. H., Riff, A. & Vetter, R. M. 1972, National Types of Old Pewter: a Revised and Expanded Edition, New York, 57 for Dutch pewter marks.
COMP: Kohnemann, M. 1982, Auflagen auf Raerener Steinzeug. Ein Bildwerk, Töpfereimuseum, Raeren, 200-3, for similar body-friezes.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: No 153 (Thomas Collection)