Lancaster and Sandland made this large copper, pink and purple lusterware creamer at their pottery in Hadley, Staffordshire. The piece is especially wonderful with parts in the pink Sunderland style and parts in deep purple. Copper glimmers through, especially in the light, with many “bubbles” and “fish-eyes” making this a charming example of English lusterware, over most of the surface. The front of the pitcher bears a very large cartouche enclosing a monochrome lithograph transfer, “The Old Mill.”
The pictorial shows two women standing with their market baskets and a man sitting on the bank, with river, mill, church, trees and lush vegetation surrounding them. Scene is probably inspired by the painters Constable or Gainsborough; not signed.
Lancaster/Sandland backstamp in black is covered by another stamp in black reading Old Castle. The one underneath reads English Ware / Made in England / Lancaster / Sandland / Hanley / England, above and around a shield with a fleur de lis and a lion. Made 1944 - 1968 (The Potteries).
Measures 4 ½” tall x 5 ½” from spout to handle end. Applied handle is C-shaped. Condition is excellent with no crazing, cracks, chips or scratches. Very clean and smooth inside.