Antique transitional ironstone pitcher with dark mulberry purple printed roses and a hand painted rich green ground from the 1840s. The color combination on this jug is very appealing and will certainly brighten up any mantle, shelf or counter top. The octagonal paneled shape was popular from the late 1830s and into the 1850s although often seen in footed forms (e.g., the Primary shape in ironstone was similar but often footed; see Dawn Stoltzfus and Jeffrey Snyder's White ironstone: a Survey of its many Forms, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., in 1997, pages 100-101). As such, this shape seems to have quickly evolved into the more intricate molded and paneled white ironstone of the 1850s and 1860s (e.g., Boote's 1851 Octagon, various octagonal Gothic shapes, such as James Edwards Curved Gothic registered in 1843, etc., etc., see Jean Wetherbee's A Second Look at White ironstone published in 1985 by Wallace Homestead Book Co., pages 33 to 37). Mason's paneled Hydra-handled ironstone jugs dated from the c1830-35 and also foreshadowed the paneled white ironstone jugs of the next decade.
As noted above, this pitcher dates from the early to late 1840s, hence the c1845 mid-date. Each side of this pitcher has the same underglaze transfer print of a group of flowering roses along with a few buds and thorny stems. The engraver of the roses intentionally left some white areas within the petals and leaves on the copper plate which now stand out visually given the rich green background. The border pattern is nondescript and has c-scrolls, dots, bell flower pendants repeating below a solid mulberry edging. The same border rings both inside and outside the rim at the top of the pitcher and was also used to decorate the back of the handle.
There are no makers marks or pottery names on the base of the pitcher. The only mark is a small transfer printed S in mulberry. Under strong light, the mulberry can also appear to be a very dark grayish blue verging on black in some dense areas of the print. The clay body is a type of stone china that is translucent where it is very thin, but opaque most everywhere else (the bottom of one panel is translucent when held close to a strong light).
This is an unusual ironstone pitcher given that it has a hand painted green background that was laboriously added around the transfer printed motifs before final glazing and firing in the kiln. The end result is a wonderful rich Irish green that perfectly accent the rose blooms and make the pitcher a true delight to see. If any viewer knows what pottery may have produced this pitcher, do kindly drop me an email and share what you may know -- thanks. And for those who collect English jugs, unusual antiques, or pretty objected decorated with roses, then do make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this antique pitcher also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This pitcher stands 7 3/8 inches tall to the top of its handle (a maximum 7 1/2 inches tall to side of spout) and measures a maximum width of about 8 inches from outer-most handle edge across to outer-most edge of its pouring spout. The diameter of the rim of the jug is about 4 1/4 inches when rounded off. The octagonal foot rim on the bottom of the jug measures between 3 3/4 and 4 inches across. The jug has a capacity of almost one-half gallon (holds about 56 fluid ounces) and when empty, it weighs about 1 3/4 lbs. This is a nice decorative antique pitcher that is neither too large nor too small and will certainly capture attention and interest in most any setting.
CONDITION: This pitcher is in very good condition with no major manufacturing defects and no chips, no hairlines, no stains, no repairs and no restorations. The glaze is shiny and the bright and the handle and rim have no cracks or chips. There is heavy wear along each side of the spout from use and cleaning, but this wear is not noticeable unless inspected up close under strong light. Of course, if the buyer is not 100% completely satisfied, then she/he may return this antique pitcher for a refund (see our complete refund policy as noted below).
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