c1830 Pair of Copper Luster Pitchers with Light Orange Bands & Pink Luster Decoration

Two antique copper luster 5 5/8 inch pitchers with beaded bands, light orange slipped exterior banding, pink luster hand painted overglaze flowers and leaves, and an appealing interior white slip-wash (see all photos). The two pitchers are sold as a pair (price quoted is for the set) and have the same decoration, same colored slips, identical rouletted beading, and same flat-iron style handles (one is perfect and the other has a small interior rim chip, see Condition notes farther below). These pitchers date from the 1820s or 1830s (hence the mid-date of c1830). The pair have apparently been together ever since they were produced in England some 170 to 190 years ago. Both have white slip washed interiors that begin below their tall cylindrical necks. The clay used to produce them is a dark red clay rather than a white, cream-colored or buff clay. The reason for selecting a refined redware clay for making these pitchers is that the dark colored clay imparts a richer golden copper sheen to the copper luster. The pink luster, however, looks better when painted over a lighter color slip and so the bands of tangerine or light yellowish orange were added to enhance the pink luster motifs.

Dark red bodied copper luster wares were popular among British potteries from the 1820s to 1850s (see Geoffrey A. Godden's British Pottery An Illustrated Guide published by Clarkson N. Potter Inc., in 1975, page 221, Figures 291 and particularly Figure 292). Godden displays a copper lustre jug with pink luster decoration on a white band, bead-and-reel rim band and an inscription with the date of 1832 (Figure 292 in Godden, ibid). Griselda Lewis shows a photograph of a Staffordshire bucket bowl goblet with button knop stem in copper luster that has a purple transfer print of Hope and Faith on its central white slip band below a bead-and-reel border (see Lewis 1992: A Collector's History of English Pottery; page 164, top left; and although Lewis dates it about 1810 however it is more likely from c1820). On page 165, Lewis displays a group of eight copper luster wares produced at Sunderland in the 1820s and 1830s and three are decorated with bands of white slip and pink luster motifs (Ibid: page 165).

These two jugs do not have any makers marks or pottery names on their bases and so we do not know the name of the pottery that produced them. The shape of these jugs is pleasing with their pedestaled foot, bulbous bellies and tall collared necks. The pouring spouts on these pitchers have a gentle pleasing curve that rises just slightly above the rest of the rim before dipping back down to the final pouring lip. The two beaded bands along with the copper lustre give the appearance of repousse metal work. And as one may already know, there are basically three types of luster decorated pottery produced in Great Britain in the early 1800s: silver luster derived from platinum, copper luster (also called gold or bronze luster) derived from gold, and pink luster using a special compound made of powdered chloride of gold combined with chloride of tin called Purple of Cassius (see George Savage and Harold Newman, 1985, An Illustrated Dictionary of Ceramics published by Thames & Hudson, pages 235-236). These pitchers exhibits two of the three types of luster decoration available at the time. And so if you enjoy pairs of Staffordshire pitchers, hand painted luster wares, or unusual colored slip banded wares, then you may want to purchase these two copper luster jugs to display as pair along a mantle, shelf, counter, window ledge or in a china cabinet or corner hutch. Or if you are looking for a very special gift, then consider this pair of pitchers as the perfect answer. And as always, this antique pair of jugs also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return the pair using my return policy for a refund (pair sold as a single lot and must be returned together, see full Return Policy details farther below).

SIZE: Each pitcher stands 5 5/8 inches tall and measures a maximum 6 5/8 inches wide from outer most handle edge across to the outermost edge of the pouring lip. Their rims measure about 3 3/4 inches across when the spout extensions are excluded. The pitchers stand on flaring bases ending in a foot rim that measure about 3 inches across (diameter). The pitchers weighs about 1 lbs each, are a perfect size for displaying and will certainly capture attention in any setting.

CONDITION: The pitchers have been labeled A and B in many of the photos. Pitcher A is in excellent condition with no chips, no hairlines, no stains, no major scratches, no repairs and no restorations. Pitcher B is also in excellent condition but has a single glaze chip along the interior of its rim that measures 5/8 inches long and extends down from the rim edge for 5/16 inches. The glaze chip has been glued back over its scar with just a couple of small pieces lost in the process (this happened years before I acquired the pair of jugs). A pencil points to the location of the glaze chip in the last photo and this illustrates that the chip is not visible along the outside of the rim (see last photo). Beyond this one chip, Pitcher B has no other chips and no hairlines, no stains, no major scratches, and its luster decoration is more than 99% intact. Pitcher A's luster decoration is also more than 99% intact with just some minor loss on the two largest flowers located along the widest part of the pitcher's belly (Pitcher's B minor luster loss is along the same area). Both pitchers have handles and spouts that are perfect and without any damage. Finally, Pitcher A has two tiny glaze pops located along the very top edge of its rim that were caused by kiln furniture adhering during firing (common minor Staffordshire production flaws in the 1800s). And as always, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the pair of pitchers for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).

SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $16.50 for well packed and insured USPS Standard Post with tracking (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $4 since insurance and tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). If you live in Texas or in an adjacent state, simply email me for a revised quote. A faster shipping option is also available, too (see shipping section below for Priority Mail option). No handling or packing fees are ever charged and fragile items will be double packed for maximum protection. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. The International buyer will be advised to select an International shipping option with insurance against loss or damage (email us for an insured International shipping quote). We have shipped fragile items to 27 countries around the globe to date and have not had any items lost or broken, however this fact does not guarantee that no postal mishandling will ever occur in the future. Also, please note that International import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques Ruby Lane listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if the buyer is unhappy with the purchase, then she/he may return it by sending the item back undamaged and post marked within ten days of original receipt for a refund (this pair of pitchers is sold as a single lot and must therefore be sent back together for a refund; certain shipping costs are non-refundable). Items damaged by shipping in the US are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double pack, we will gladly help you file your insurance claim should it ever be necessary (we have not had any claims for damage from shipping in over five years). Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.

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Item ID: RL549.a1410


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