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Aesthetic Movement Cream & Sugar, Bamboo & Trellis, Antique 19th C English Stoneware, Brownhills
This set is decorated in the popular "Japanese style" with bamboo leaves, cherry blossoms, and trellis. The cream jug or pitcher has a bamboo handle The set has a stippled body and overglaze enamel painted colors of dark brown, green, pink, and ochre.
The jug is about 3-1/4" (8.5 cm) high, and 5" (12.5 cm) wide from spout to handle. The open sugar bowl is 4" (10 cm) in diameter.
The condition of each is very good. Both show wear around the top brown rims. The creamer has an "in the making" firing crack in the interior base, which does not go through or show on the exterior base. There is mottled staining to the interior sides of the creamer. The sugar has a 1/4" (in the making) firing crack which does not go through or show on the interior.
The set dates c. 1880. It was made by Brownhills Pottery Co., Tunstall, Staffordshire, and is marked with their pattern number 1469. We also have for sale the matching coffee pot, marked with the same pattern number and impressed BP CO. "Bamboo & Trellis " was a very popular pattern which seems to have been made by several Staffordshire potteries, including Brownhills and New Hall. The wares are usually misidentified as majolica (perhaps because the colors used are similar to some of those wares). In fact, this is a stoneware bodied jug with relief moulding and a smear glaze. Another distinctive feature of this particular pattern is the "orange peel" texture of the surface.
For other examples of this pattern, visit the Norfolk Museum's website; see plate 2075 of Miller & Berthoud's "Anthology of British Teapots"; page 190 of Henrywood's "Relief Moulded Jugs"; and page 12 of Bergesen's British Ceramics Price Guide.
Note: I also have for sale a coffee pot by Brownhills in this same pattern.
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