Jug and Cover with rare gilt decoration, white salt-glazed stoneware, Staffordshire, c.1760


This salt-glazed stoneware jug and cover is decorated with rare cold gilding. Beneath the pouring beak, an exotic, long-tailed bird perches amongst trailing flowers and fronds. The artist has emphasized the bird's feathers and facial features with the use of sgraffito. The flat cover has a gilt button knop, and is decorated with trailing flowers and foliage. The use of cold gilding in this decorative style is incredibly rare on salt-glazed stoneware.

Condition: Excellent, with just a tiny loss to the tip of the lower handle terminal. There are small clay tears, glazed potting flaws and kiln grit to the footrim, body, and also to the underside flange of the cover. These all occurred during manufacture. The rare gilt decoration is in excellent order, with only light wear in places. No cracks or restoration.

Provenance: With Jonathan Horne, London; an English Private Collection.

Dimensions: Height (to top of knop) 13.7 cm

Early Staffordshire Pottery, Bernard Rackham (Faber & Faber, 1951).


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