An important Worcester milk jug and cover decorated in the Giles workshop circa 1765-68

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Lot 59
An important Worcester milk jug and cover decorated in the Giles workshop circa 1765-68

Sold for £ 22,800 (US$ 31,622) inc. premium
An important Worcester milk jug and cover decorated in the Giles workshop
circa 1765-68
The jug of ovoid shape with a double twisted handle gilded with characteristic graduated dots, the flower finial picked out in puce and yellow, painted in Meissen style with a Teniers-type figure seated on a bench holding a glass of ale and a clay pipe, a dilapidated fence and a tree amongst the vegetation forming the background, the cover with a simple vignette also including a fence and a tree, gold dentil rims, 14cm (5 1/2in) high, crossed swords and 9. mark in blue (minute chipping to the petals of the flower finial only, very slight wear to the gold rim) (2)

Footnotes

  • It is believed this jug originally formed part of a tea service sold by Puttick and Simpson in 1963. The set comprised a jug, sucrier and bowl as well as six coffee cups of Worcester porcelain, the remainder of the pieces being of Chinese porcelain, all painted in the Giles workshop. This jug was subsequently in the Thomas Ernest Inman collection, sold at Christie's 19 November 1979, lot 191. It was then exhibited by Albert Amor Ltd. on three occasions- James Giles China Painter, 1977, fig. 47, The Golden Age of English Porcelain, 1980, fig. 52, and Important English Porcelain, June 1985, fig. 8512. The sucrier from the same set was subsequently in the Mrs R M Robertson collection exhibited by Albert Amor Ltd, Treasures from Toronto, 1993, fig. 43 and again in Amor's Worcester Porcelain 250 Years, 2001 exhibition, fig. 44. A Worcester cup together with a Chinese saucer from a similar set is now in the Ashmolean Museum and is illustrated by Stephen Hanscombe (2005), fig. 88. The same subject as painted on the sucrier occurs in one of the panels on a bowl from a celebrated harlequin service with a turquoise ground. Another tea service matching the present jug is in the Royal Collection and this may have been purchased from James Giles by George III. Two other teapots and a coffee pot are recorded with related decoration, so at least three services of this pattern are likely to have been made.
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