Antique rich brown glazed pottery pitcher and matching cover with strongly molded fish scales, acanthus leaves, woven and laced panels, feathers, shell and scroll motifs (see Photos 1, 2, 3, 4). There are three shields on the pitcher - a larger one on the front center and smaller one on each side (see Photos 1 and 3). The rich molasses-like treacle glaze catches light along strongly molded elements and allows the cream-colored clay body to be seen through areas where the glaze is thinnest and this adds to the visually striking qualities of this pitcher. Dark brown pools of glaze gather in the many recesses and crevices created by the strongly molded elements in relief while the highest areas reveal a creamy beige color where the clay body is exposed and the glaze is the thinnest (see Photos 1, 2, 3, and 8). And these thinly glazed ridges and high areas reveal that the clay used to form this pitcher is a common yellowware clay similar to that used by Rockingham, Brameld and many others English Potteries in Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and elsewhere.
Rich treacle brown glaze are reminiscent of the brown glazed pottery often placed under the Rockingham genre from the 1820s to 1840s in the United Kingdom, or the Bennington genre from the 1840s to 1860s in the United States. The pottery that produced of this covered jug, however is not yet identified and there are no manufacturer’s marks or names on the underside of the base (Photo 9). This ornate pitcher with matching cover dates to the c1820 to 1840 period, hence the c1830 mid-date. If any viewer has seen the molded details on this pitcher on other wares produced by known potteries in the UK, please identify the factory and kindly share an additional information you may have via email - - thanks, Doc.
This covered pitcher was probably made for a chamber or toilet set in order to keep its contents clean and cool (or hot). British ceramic covered pitchers and covered stoneware and pottery mugs or tankards go back some 60 to 70 years before this pitcher was produced. And much earlier, pewter and silver covers were made of Rhenish and Westerwald stoneware jugs and mugs starting in the 1600s. Pewter and Britannia covers were commonly added to British ironstone, whiteware, bone china and stoneware pitcher and jugs in the mid to late 1800s and holes were precut in these ceramic wares for adding the metal covers after initial production and firing of the vessel at the pottery.
This vessel, however is highly collectible because ornate molded earthenware pitchers with original matching ornate covers from nearly 200 years ago in excellent condition are extremely hard to find today. So if you are looking for a wonderful antique covered pitcher that is ornately molded, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this covered pitcher also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others listed on Docs Antiques when combining orders) by simply requesting the payment scheduling you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates). Continue reading below for more details, and for shipping and return policies.
SIZE & CONDITION: This pitcher with cover in place stands about 7 3/4 inches tall and measures a maximum 7 inches wide from outer most handle part across to outer most pouring lip tip. Jug and cover together weighs just about 1 1/2 lbs empty. The pitcher sits on a concave base with an irregular outer rim edge that has a diameter of about 3 5/8 inches (final shipping weight is estimated between 2 and 2 3/4 lbs). Finally, both pitcher and cover are in excellent condition with just two minor declarations applicable to the pitcher only as follows: a minor glaze chip along the inside face of the rim near the pouring lip (see Photo 6 where a pencil points to the 1/2 inch long by 1/8 inch wide chip), and a chip on the side of the handle caused by a contact in the kiln that removed glaze when separated after firing (see Photo 8 where a black pen points to the chip caused by a kiln contact adhering to handle). In fact, the interior rim chip is not visible from outside the pitcher as illustrate in Photo 7. The red pen in Photo 7 points to the location of the chip on the inside of the rim as seen from the outside, and there is no evidence of it along the exterior side of the rim even when the cover is off. That is it, and there are no other chips and no hairlines, major stains, deep scratches, worn areas, repairs or restoration. The cover is perfect and together, this pitcher and cover are in nearly mint condition when the two flaws are excluded. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the both pitcher and cover for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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