An enamel bottle ticket and related jug
Lot 71
A Battersea enamel bottle ticket and a related creamware jug, circa 1753-56 and 1765
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,230) inc. premium

Lot Details
An enamel bottle ticket and related jug
A Battersea enamel bottle ticket and a related creamware jug, circa 1753-56 and 1765
The wine label engraved by Simon Francis Ravenet after a design by James Gwin, inscribed in black 'BEER', printed in puce and lightly overpainted with two putti harvesting barley, one holding a rake, the other a scythe, 7.1cm wide, the jug probably for ale, with an entwined handle and gadrooned rim, painted in puce monochrome with the same scene of two putti amongst barley, 15.8cm (some cracks) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: the label from the Bernard Watney collection, exhibited in the ECC 50th Anniversary exhibition (1977), item no.254 and also illustrated by E W Whitworth, Wine Labels (1966), p.40. Seventeen different designs for Battersea bottle tickets are presently recorded along with some forty-two different titles. All were engraved by Ravenet after designs by James Gwin. The Battersea bankruptcy sale of 1756 included 'Bottle tickets with chains for all sorts of liquor, and of different subjects...'. The same design of putto harvesters also appears on labels inscribed 'Mountain'.
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