This is an 18th century porcelain lidded syrup jug or pitcher, made in China, and exported to France for table use in that country. The age is circa 1770.
The jug is 6 ¾” high to the top of the finial, and 5” wide, including the handle.
The porcelain is similar to a dense earthenware, or soft paste, or faience.
The lid is separate from the jug.
The glaze is white, both inside and out. The flowers are cascading down the neck and scattered around the body of the jug, which is typical of this time period. There is a large spray of blossoms on the front of the jug, with a brown flying insect on each side. Some of the flowers appear to be Chinese roses. There is a vine of flowers on the lid, with a few scattered flowers and leaves. The coloring is most likely polychrome and the shades are muted.
Below the right bug, there is an incised mark in the glaze that is colored in black. The mark is most likely the mark for a specific artist, factory or maker. Above this mark there are two indentations in the glaze, which I believe are flaws. You can view these marks in the last photo.
The handle has a crack that goes through it, which I show in photos. There are glaze marks on the handle, and if there was any color on the handle it has long since worn off. A hole is drilled into the underside of the handle and it was made that way.
Inside the jug there are two cracks in the interior glazing, one on the bottom and one on the side. The one on the side appears to have an old repair in it, to keep the crack from getting worse, as if it was filled with a putty. These glaze cracks do not go through the porcelain. There are additional areas of roughness to the glaze inside the jug.
The inside of the spout shows some glaze chipping and staining, and a prior owner may have added white enamel to prevent any further deterioration.
One side of the lid shows some stains, age lines, and perhaps a chip was smoothed out. The finial of the lid was probably reattached at one time because there is a white covering around the base of the finial that appears to me to be newer.
The outside of the jug has some streaks of discoloration.
The top inside rim of the mouth is not glazed, and it is supposed to be that way.
If you know how to identify the mark on the side of the jug, you may have found yourself a very rare piece.
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