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Worcester Jug

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Dates Circa 1754
10.00inch high (25.40 cm high)
Medium Porcelain
Origin England
Description An extremely rare and important baluster shaped early Worcester ‘Scratch Cross’ jug, very finely painted with two figures and a dog by a ruin, to the left of the jug is a mule and a recumbent goat and to the far right cows and a sheep.

The pouring lip is in the shape of a cornucopia with moulded fruiting vines and the handle is of scroll form.

Circa 1754. Marked with an incised cross on the base, opposite the handle.

Provenance: Dr. Knowles Boney.

Another jug of this shape is in the Dyson Perrins Museum, Worcester, painted with birds. (A.72).

James Rogers, working at Worcester from 1756 and, Jefferyes Hamett O’Neale, in London from 1750–6 and later at Worcester from 1768, were two of the finest figure and animal artists known on Worcester porcelain; however, the style of painting on this jug does not entirely tie up with either of these two artists and the earlier date of 1754 would preclude both of them. Therefore, this artist still awaits attribution.

Condition Some restoration
Literature Dreweatt Neate. Worcester Porcelain 1751-1900: A loan exhibition from Dyson Perrins Museum Worcester and Private Collections 1995
Rococo Art and Design in Hogarth England. Catalogue of the exhibition held at Victoria and Albert Museum. 1984. Mallet, John, VG., Rococo in English Ceramics. Pp.236-63. Pl033, for an interesting Dutch jug owned by Worcester City Council, decorated with large figures of Britannia and Justice.
Tapp, William H, Jeffereys Hamett O’Neale 1734-1801. Red Anchor Fable Painter, and some Contemporaries. London. 1938 and Adams, Elizabeth, Chelsea Porcelain, London. 1987, Chapter 8 for discussion on some of the fable painters in London and at Chelsea of this period.
Sandon, John. The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain Vol. 1 1751-1851. Woodbridge 1996. P251.

Provenance Dr. Knowles Boney
Exhibitions Worcester Porcelain 1751-1900: A loan exhibition from Dyson Perrins Museum, Worcester and Private Collections. Dreweatt Neate , 1995 No 2.