The Portmeirion Pottery was founded by Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband in 1960 to produce wares to be sold at the souvenir shop of Portmerion, a resort in Wales (Portmeiron is probably best known for playing The Village on the 1960's TV show, "The Prisoner").
Williams-Ellis had been designing wares for this shop for some years and decided to take over production herself. She and her husband purchased a decorating company called Gray's and then, in 1961, merged with Kirkham's Pottery form the Portmeirion Pottery. Over time, the pottery grew into full production and became well-known for its Modernist dinnerware lines.
The Portland Vase is a large cameo glass vessel manufactured during the early Roman Imperial period, during the reign of Augustus. It was rediscovered during the Renaissance (possibly used as a crematory urn in the tomb of Emperor Alexander Severus), passed through the hands of several well-known antiquarians of the era -Cardinal del Monte, the Barberini family- and was eventually purchased by Sir William Hamilton who brought it to England and sold it to Lady Portland, from whom its current name derives.
This jug was manufactured by the Portmeirion Pottery, early in their existence. The lower part of the jug takes the form and relief decoration of the Portland vase -a curious squat shape due to the fact that the lower part of the Portland vase was lost in antiquity- The vase form has been elongated and a strap handle added.
The body is white pottery with a clear glaze over it. It is marked on the bottom with a black underglaze stamp reading "Portmeiron Susan Williams-Ellis Made in England".
It is 10.5" tall ad 7" from handle to spout. The base is 4.875" in diameter.
Condition: some soiling to the dry foot and the interior. Otherwise fine.
Item ID: 2557