A rare creamware 'Fair Hebe' jug by Jean Voyez, circa 1785-90
Lot 184
A rare creamware 'Fair Hebe' jug by Jean Voyez, circa 1788
Sold for £437 (US$ 727) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare creamware 'Fair Hebe' jug by Jean Voyez, circa 1788
Of unusual small size, modelled in high relief with a young man seated by a tree offering a nest of fledgelings to Hebe who rejects his advances, flowers gathered in her apron, a dog moulded on the reverse, signed near the base 'I Voyez', 12.6cm high (very short fine rim crack)

Footnotes

  • The many different versions of Fair Hebe jugs were discussed by Robert Charleston in his ECC paper, Jean Voyez, Transactions vol.5, pt.1, pp.8-41. Voyez apparently provided models for Fair Hebe jugs to a number of different potters, including Richard Astbury, Robert Garner and Enoch Wood. A small size jug in plain creamware is known with a portrait on the reverse of the poet William Shenstone, the author of a song from 1743 which included lines in praise of a 'Fair Hebe', quoted in Charleston's paper.
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