Vauxhall armorial jug (spout chip, haircrack)
Lot 122
An important Vauxhall armorial jug, circa 1755
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 44,373) inc. premium
Lot Details
An important Vauxhall armorial jug, circa 1755
Of pear shape, the 'wishbone' handle with scrolled terminals, painted in Delft style in various tones of blue with a lady and gentleman walking in a romantic landscape, apparently engaged in conversation, a ruinous building behind them, the reverse with a coat of arms for Axtell, inscribed 'ALE' to the right of the handle, 16.7cm high, (chip and fine crack to spout)


  • This important jug is one of a small number of Vauxhall pieces painted in European style, the figure group taken from The Ladies Amusement, p 32. It is recorded by Bernard Watney in his paper The Vauxhall China Works, 1751-1764, ECC Trans, Vol 13, Pt 3, p 220. The decoration is very similar to that on a mug in the Schreiber Collection, illustrated by Roger Massey, A Curious Odyssey: a Vauxhall Workman and some Dated Pieces, ECC Trans, Vol 16, Pt 3, p 301 and is probably by the same hand. A rather more naive version of this European style is seen on a group of teawares illustrated by Massey, Marno and Spero, Ceramics of Vauxhall (2007), p 74