An exceptional 'Tailor' Toby jug from the 'Midshipman Family', circa 1785

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An exceptional 'Tailor' Toby jug from the 'Midshipman Family', circa 1785

Sold for £ 20,000 (US$ 25,360) inc. premium
An exceptional 'Tailor' Toby jug from the 'Midshipman Family', circa 1785
Attributed to Jacob Marsh, seated with a small ironing board resting on his knees and a flat iron in his right hand, a neatly potted jug standing between his feet, wearing a brown hat, green frock coat with ochre collar and cuffs, white necktie and partially unbuttoned waistcoat, his hair secured at the back with a distinctive tied ribbon, 15.4cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sotheby's sale, 27 August 1977
    Bonhams sale, 8 April 2009, lot 21
    A British private collection

    Illustrated by Vic Schuler, Collecting British Toby Jugs (1994), p.110. The 'Midshipman' family comprises a small group of Toby jugs which share similar features of modelling and decoration. Examples occur in different sizes, the larger models representing Lord Rodney. The smaller versions are all similarly modelled with distinctive faces, neckties and partially unbuttoned waistcoats but are given different attributes. Apart from the tailor, fiddlers, a drummer, a viola da gamba player, farriers, topers, sportsmen and midshipmen are recorded. The tailor is among the rarest, only three examples being recorded by Schuler. A group of Midshipman family jugs is illustrated by Sir Harold Mackintosh Bt., Early English Pottery Figures (1938), p.39, 90-94 and others by Captain R K Price, Astbury, Whieldon, and Ralph Wood Figures, and Toby Jugs (1922), nos 67, 70 and 71. These include the other two recorded tailors.

    The dating of jugs from the Midshipman family has long been a source of discussion. They were once thought to date to the 1740s or 50s and to be linked to Astbury-type wares. However, a Fiddler jug with the inscription 'Richard Darby Sep 21 1787' sold at Sotheby's 16 October 1967, lot 173 has proved that they were made later in the 18th century, tying in with the larger jugs representing Lord Rodney.
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An exceptional 'Tailor' Toby jug from the 'Midshipman Family', circa 1785
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