Our photos do not do justice to this outstanding 19th century English Staffordshire relief molded Paul and Virginia jug. Done in the rare teal and white color combination, the relief work is simply magnificent. From the molded palm leaf handle to the rich dimension of the figures, you will marvel at the quality and craftsmanship of this piece. It stands 10 3/8" tall and is in excellent condition--no chips, cracks, crazing. We detect two minute kiln flaws original to manufacture but the overall condition is such that it looks like it just came from the pottery. You will not be disappointed with this piece. Based on our research, we attribute this piece to T. J. & J. Mayer, who operated in Burslem, Staffordshire, England in the mid 19th century.
The story of Paul and Virginia was written by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de St. Pierre and first published in 1788. The novel of naive love became an instant world-wide best seller, captivating audiences with the tale of two youngsters who grow up on a paradise island according to nature's law. In adolescence, the pair fall in love, but a shipwreck leads to their untimely deaths. Their story has served as a model for movies and song to this day, and the novel has been translated into many languages and is still in print.