This is an English Staffordshire large creamware or cream ware jug. The date is circa 1850 or earlier.
The jug is 11 ½” high, 10” long and 7 ¼” wide. This is an extra large size for an English jug.
The pottery is like a soft paste porcelain, known as creamware, and produced in the Staffordshire region by many well-known makers. This jug is not marked as to the maker, which is common for the first half of the 1800s.
Not only is the shape extra-large, the shape is unique. There is a dragon head handle, with the head attached at the top and the wide scaly body forming the handle, with the lower part attaching at the upper body. There are raised designs in the mold around the neck, spout and around the sides of the portraits, outlined in gold trim. There is a transfer design of flowers and leaves in yellow and gray-green.
There is a female portrait on each side. Each lady is wearing a scarf or hat. There is added color of yellow, brown and pink. On the portrait on the back side of the jug, there is a rectangle on top of the shoulder containing the letter “S” and this may be a signature of some type. The transfers were either done in Staffordshire or Liverpool.
The outside of the jug has light crazing. The interior of the jug has somewhat darker crazing. The bottom edge, on the side of the spout, to the right has an old glue repair and a small edge chip; I show a close-up photo. There is a bit of gold wear in small spots and more on the mouth rim.
English Staffordshire Creamware 11.5” Large Jug (Vase or Pitcher) Transfer Portraits Dragon Handle c 1850
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