(-)  A fine ‘Tailor’ Toby Jug from the Midshipman Family, c. 1780, seated holding an iron on an iron
Lot 21
A fine Tailor Toby Jug from the Midshipman Family Circa 1780.
Sold for £36,000 (US$ 60,509) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine Tailor Toby Jug from the Midshipman Family
Circa 1780.
Wearing a dark-brown hat and green coat edged in yellow, his hair neatly curled to each side and tied at the back with a bow, seated holding a flat iron, with a coat sleeve and board upon his knee, a jug by his feet, upon a shaped base, with a grooved C-scroll handle, 16cm high (a section of the flat base lacking, minor chip and glaze flaking the rim of hat, minor chip to back hem of coat)


  • Provenance: Sotheby's 27 August 1977. Illustrated by Vic Schuler, Collecting British Toby Jugs (1994), p 100. See Sir Harold Mackintosh, Early English Pottery Figures (1938), p 39, figs 90-94 for a group of jugs from the family including a 'Midshipman', 'Fiddler', 'Cobbler' and a larger sized 'Rodney Jug'. A 'Fiddler' with the body from the same mould was sold in these rooms, Phillips, 7 September 1988, lot 210. The dating of these rare jugs has been a source of discussion. Once thought to date to the 1740s and be linked to Astbury type wares, the discovery of a 'Fiddler' Jug with the inscription 'Ruchard Darby Sep 21 1787' to the underside proved that they were made later in the 18th century, see Sotheby's 16 October 1967, lot 173. The facial modelling of the larger sized jugs in the group has led them to be known as 'Rodney Jugs' because of the similarity to the Admiral Lord Rodney commemorative mugs made in Staffordshire, circa 1780-85, for an example see lot 24 in this sale. A 'Rodney' Jug with the inscription 'J.Marsh, Folley' was sold in these rooms, Phillips, 29 November 1989, lot 305. John and Griselda, Lewis Pratt Ware (1984), p 44, refer to a Jacob Marsh, who was an enameller turned potter near Folley at the turn of the century who may be a possible link to the production of this group of jugs