Cabbage leaf mask jug Coloured prints on yellow ground
Lot 133*
A good Worcester yellow-ground mask jug circa 1768
Sold for £6,931 (US$ 11,325) inc. premium

Lot Details
A good Worcester yellow-ground mask jug
circa 1768
of cabbage leaf moulded form with a ring handle with leaf shaped thumbrest heightened in puce, the lip in the shape of a bearded man edged with a puce line around his hat, decorated with three panels of coloured-in transfer prints of Milkmaids', 'Milking Scene' and 'Rural Lovers', the panels framed with bright puce rococo scrolls and reserved on a bright yellow ground scattered with flower sprigs and fancy insects, a band of linked flowers around the shoulder, brown line rim, 17.9cm (7in) high (minor wear only)

Footnotes

  • Zorensky catalogue, fig 264. This combination of prints occurs together on large mugs and jugs and in rare instances a yellow ground was used. A very similar example, slightly larger in size, is in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain and illustrated by Henry Sandon, Worcester Porcelain, colour pl. 2. The combination of puce around the panels and dark purple around the base of the jug occurs with other Worcester yellow-ground items of similar date and help to confirm the authenticity of this piece. Worcester sometimes experienced difficulty controlling their yellow ground and this jug is unusually even and strongly coloured
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