An important Staffordshire saltglaze cream jug of Jacobite interest circa 1745

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Lot 21
An important Staffordshire saltglaze cream jug of Jacobite interest circa 1745

£ 10,000 - 12,000
US$ 13,000 - 16,000

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An important Staffordshire saltglaze cream jug of Jacobite interest
circa 1745
of baluster shape with a lobed and barbed rim, set on three cabriole leg feet with shell masks at the knee, the looped strap handle with a pinched lower terminal, enamelled in bright colours below the lip with the standing figure of Prince Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, in Highland dress, his claymore and shield raised in a rallying gesture, flanked by a flowering bush of Jacobite roses, a Chinese-style chrysanthemum to his right, a large moth overhead, a diaper border and further small sprigs inside the rim, 9.2cm (minor fine cracks and rim chip)

Footnotes

  • A few saltglaze pieces from this rare group supporting the Jacobite cause are recorded. For examples see Arnold Mountford, Staffordshire Salt-glazed Stonewares, fig. 177 for a teapot showing the kneeling Prince above the word 'King', and fig. 175 for a gilded mug in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and another inscribed 'God Bless Prince C. Stuart' in The Burnap Collection, Kansas City. A jug with a half-length portrait of the Prince is in the Schreiber Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see Bernard Rackham, pl. 29, fig. 217. Also a mug with very similar decoration to this lot was sold by Sotheby's 15th September, 1992, lot 202. According to Geoffrey Seddon, The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses, the moth or butterfly, a standard element in Jacobite iconography, is said to represent the 'return of the soul'. This refers to the belief that if a Scot dies away from his or her native land their soul returns home to Scotland.
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