Elers redware cylinder mug, applied sprigs
Lot 110
A rare Elers Brothers red stoneware mug circa 1695
Sold for £2,880 (US$ 4,840) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Elers Brothers red stoneware mug
circa 1695
The cylindrical form with grooved handle, sprigged with two zones of flowering prunus, wyverns and dancing Oriental figures (or 'merry Andrew') within neat grooved concentric bands, 11.7cm high (handle restuck, a fine hairline crack from the rim)


  • Exhibited by Sampson and Horne, 2009 Exhibition, p.37, fig.A. An almost identical mug with similar sprigging, in the Henry Weldon Collection, is illustrated by Leslie B. Grigsby, English Pottery 1650-1800 (1990), p.62, 5a-d. Whilst the present lot may have been mounted around the rim in silver, that in the Weldon Collection still retains its silver band. The sprigged elements on both mugs match those on another unglazed mug illustrated by Gordon Elliot, 'Staffordshire Red and Black Stonewares', ECC Transactions, vol, 10 , part 2, pl. 38b.