A Flight and Barr mug by John Pennington, circa 1795
Lot 127
A Flight and Barr mug by John Pennington, circa 1795
Sold for £2,125 (US$ 3,470) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Flight and Barr mug by John Pennington, circa 1795
Of cylindrical form with a distinctive double-scrolled handle picked out in gold, painted in sepia monochrome by John Pennington with a smiling girl placing a floral garland around the neck of a sheep, within a formal gilded border flanked by foliate sprays, 11.4cm high, titled 'INNOCENCE' to the underside, 'Flight and Barr, Worcesr' in script below a crown, (extended firing crack, some wear to gilded rim)

Footnotes

  • The handle shape and gilding pattern on this lot is identical to the important pair of slightly larger mugs in The Museum of Worcester Porcelain, illustrated by Henry Sandon, Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain (1978), p.41, pl.25. These are also by Pennington and share the same high quality figural painting which occurs on only a small number of recorded examples, including the mug sold in these rooms 8 June 2005, lot 281 and illustrated by John Sandon, The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, p.258. A comparison with Pennington's work on the Hope Service suggests a greater degree of care was taken over mugs of this group, comparable with the painting of the Corporation of Worcester punchbowls with portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, illustrated by Henry Sandon, op cit, p.32, pl.18
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