This standout 18th-century porcelain mug or tankard has an exceptionally vibrant decoration of flowers and a stalk of wheat, an unusual combination and very rarely seen. It is unmarked but I believe it is Derby, because Derby (very rarely) added long arching stalks of wheat (known as corn in Europe) to its bouquets. The footrim is ground flat, which is characteristic of Chelsea, so perhaps this was made at the Chelsea factory in London fairly soon after William Duesbury purchased it (in 1770) and was incorporating it into his Derby Manufactory. There are surface flaws on the sides of the mug that have been painted over by the decorator, which would have been characteristic of Chelsea porcelain. There is a painted brown rim at the top, also characteristic of Chelsea. But the decoration relates better to another Derby mug I’ve seen, attributed to the Cotton Stem Painter, and I’ve never seen wheat on a Chelsea piece. I’d welcome opinions! It is five and three-quarters inches high, and has a very small footrim chip and a repaired chip to the inside of the rim just above the handle. From the Glover Collection, Litchfield County Auction 2017 $94.97. Ask 850. A warm welcome! Please consider all our offerings, and feel free to inquire about more information. We’re always buying, so let us know if you have early porcelain items to sell.


A warm welcome! Please consider all our offerings, and feel free to inquire about more information. We’re always buying, so let us know if you have early porcelain items to sell.
ITEM ID
C391
TYPE
Pottery
PURPOSE
Mugs
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Derby Mug with Stunning Bouquets C1770.

$1,200

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