Nice hand thrown small pottery pitcher with pinched spout and hand painted decoration (second photo from last has US quarter dollar coin in it for scale). The dashed handle and fish scale orange band are traditional aspects of Deruta tin glazed wares that date back more than 450 years. This miniature jug or small cream pitcher is, of course not nearly that old and dates from the mid 1900s (hence it is about 60 years old). It is decorated with seven overglaze enamel colors (blue, bright yellow, green, light orange, reddish orange, black and blue-green) that make the little pitcher very appealing. The glaze is a traditional opaque tin glaze that was used on Italian faience some 500 years ago and then spread to western Europe to be used to make Dutch delft, French faience and Spanish maiolica in the 1600s and 1700s. The handle, pinched rim and base are well formed. The pitcher's delicate foot ring is wiped free of glaze and this exposes the light pink earthenware body. The fluid capacity of this pitcher is about 1 ounce. The words GRAZIA (or GRAZID) and DERUTA are hand written in black on the base by the potter.
The last photo shows the tin glazed pitcher for sale here next to two other small cream pitchers for comparison only (the small green glazed antique pitcher and the antique pressed glass pitchers are not for sale here in this listing). That is, you are only purchasing the colorful hand painted Deruta tin glazed pitcher shown all by itself in the first 7 photos (and as already noted, the other two pitchers are not for sale here). If you collect miniature pottery, cream pitchers, toy pitchers, Italian pottery, or majolica or delftware, then you may want to purchase this vintage Italian small pitcher while it is still available. And as always, this small jug also comes with my Docs Antiques `no quibble' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.
SIZE: This small pitcher stands just under 2 1/4 inches tall and has a maximum diameter of about 1 7/8 inches. As noted above, this pitcher has a fluid capacity of 1 ounce. It is a nice size for displaying on a window sill, shelf, out in the open or among other small decorative pottery examples in a china cabinet or hutch.
CONDITION: This small cream pitcher has no cracks, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The only declaration to mention is minor and consists of a small shallow chip located along its foot ring that is not readily noticeable when the pitcher is standing upright (small 1/8 inch long chip probably is the result of the base sticking to kiln furniture after firing). As such, there are no major condition issues and the glaze is shiny and bright with no crazing. A better 40 to 70 year old miniature Deruta example would be hard to find today.
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Item ID: RL484.a1267
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