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Jug; soft-paste porcelain; lower part moulded in form of two goats, each facing different direction; below lip are moulded flowering branches on which rests a modelled bee facing downwards towards a goat's head; handle simulates a branch and is ornamented with oak leaves; glazed but uncoloured; marked.
- Production date
- 1745 (circa)
- Curator's comments
- The black and white image of three versions of Chelsea's 'goat and bee' jug, created around 1745, illustrate some of the problems in distinguishing between the genuine and fake (comment relating to registration nos. 1887,0307,II.16; OA.10577 and OA.10578). They were illustrated and discussed in Jones 1990a.
The first (1887,0307,II.16) is particularly finely made and is incised Chelsea 1745; its authenticity is beyond question.
This jug the second example (OA.10577) is somewhat heavier and has numerous black specks and pinholes, inside and out. Considered dubious in the past, this example has recently been shown to have the same composition as 1887,0307,II.16 and is probably genuine, if badly made. The incised triangle mark on the base, however, which was added after the piece had been fired, may well be spurious.
The third jug (OA.10578) is heavy to the touch and, particularly where the tree's leaves, flowers and the goat's hair are concerned, are crudely modelled. The bee, the handle and the oak leaves near it are too large and placed differently from the preceding examples: it is likely that this is a later copy.
Literature: W. Elliot, 'Reproductions and Fakes of English Eighteenth-Century Ceramics', Transactions of the English Ceramic Circle II, no. 7 (1939), pp. 70-1.
- Not on display
- Chip to rim and leaves above handle.
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