Hand Decorated Pearlware Pratt Leeds Decorated
Miniature Jug ~ Sawtooth Brushstroke Border
Staffordshire, England c 1800
This is a striking miniature mug , richly hand decorated in a Pratt motif of olive brown, and ochre, with a hand painted brown inner rim and ponded blue pearlware glaze. The tiny pitcher stands just 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) tall with a raised turned foot and applied handle. It is painted with the impeccable precision, hand painted sawtooth brushwork around the top edge and a trail of little birds feet on the handle. A wonderful example of late 18th or early 19th century folk art miniature .
Made in Leeds or the Staffordshire region of England. It is unmarked. One of the earliest wares intended for children, to use in instructing them in proper table manners or simply to decorate a dollhouse dining table or tea party dating to the late 18th or early 19th century. Typical of these very early toy dishes, the jug bears no makers mark and the exact maker is unknown.
The jug is in overall very good condition with a chip on the foot rim, wear and an underglaze firing separation on the top edge and no other chips cracks or repairs. Minor typical imperfections from the making process, adding to the authenticity of this antique toy. This is one of the prettiest and simplest hand decorated motifs we've found; an extraordinary addition to an AAFA folk art collection. Sold as is.
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