A very large, and heavy, early 19th Century Porcelain Presentation Jug. The outside of the jug is decorated with molded images of Bacchus (holding a wine glass and looking very cherub-like), molded grape clusters and vines, much of which is highlighted in gold. There are initials under the spout, making this, I assume, a presentation piece. The jug is about 10 ¼" to the top of the handle and the handle to spout distance is about 9 ½".
I do not know if this piece is English (probably) or American: there are no markings save for an impressed, hand-written `8', which is very difficult to see, let alone photograph. Several people who have looked at this piece (including me, when I first saw it) thought possibly it could be American (Tucker from Philadelphia), but I have not been able to confirm that Tucker ever made this form nor this type of decoration. It is not being listed as Tucker, and if it turns out to be from the Tucker Factory (the first successful Porcelain maker in the United States, c. 1830), the buyer can, of course, return it for a full refund!
The jug is in excellent condition: no chips, cracks, lines or repairs. The molded decoration is very crisp and the enameling strong and complete. Virtually all the gilding remains, except for a small amount on the handle (which has rubbed off, as you might suspect). It takes strong wrists to handle this jug, even without it holding liquid. Perhaps that is why it is in such good condition: it was too heavy to use.
Item ID: WPA 364