An exceptional Limehouse cream jug, circa 1746-48
Lot 286
An exceptional Limehouse cream jug, circa 1746-48
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 17,800) inc. premium

Lot Details
An exceptional Limehouse cream jug, circa 1746-48 An exceptional Limehouse cream jug, circa 1746-48
An exceptional Limehouse cream jug, circa 1746-48
The small pear-shaped ewer resting on a fringe of simple scrolls at the foot, the two recessed side panel painted in blue with peony sprays growing from formal rockwork, a single daisy-like flower in the smaller panel below the lip, the S-shaped handle with a leaf-moulded thumbrest, blue 'comma' motifs painted at the handle terminals and a scallop-shell motif beneath the handle and just above the foot, 7cm high (small chip to lip)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Stanley Fisher, Bewdley 1964 (cost £12 as William Reid, Liverpool)
    H Trevor Lloyd Collection

    Only a few examples of this most delightful shape have been recorded. Two blue and white cream jugs are known, both with a closely-related peony pattern but painted with less care and detail. One in a private collection is illustrated in Limehouse Ware Revealed, (ECC 2000), p.53, col. pl.XII, the other, lacking its handle, was in the Godden collection, see Geoffrey Godden's Guide to English Blue and White (2004), p.92, pl.94. A further example with enamelled decoration is in the Victoria and Albert Museum and this is shown in Limehouse Ware Revealed, col. pl.XIII and p.64 alongside a waster from the Limehouse site, fig.133. An interesting block mould probably for a saltglaze creamjug of the same form (with embossed figure panels) is in the Potteries Museum and this is impressed with the name 'London'. A finished white saltglazed jug of this type is also illustrated in Limehouse Ware Revealed along with a matching 'porcelainous' waster from the Pomona site. It is possible the Staffordshire potters titled this shape as a 'London' cream ewer because they had taken their inspiration from Limehouse.
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