This is an English Royal Worcester hard paste porcelain claret jug, or pitcher used as a vase other than holding wine. The date is the 19th century, circa 1884.
The shape number is 1047, which Royal Worcester defines as a claret jug, and this shape was made in four sizes. The size of this jug is 8" high and 3" wide at the bottom.
The claret jug is cylindrical, with a gold and red textured handle. The gold and red is continued on around the top of the jug where flowers, leaves and stems are on the blank, but raised up. On the front and back are painted pretty flowers and leaves in colors of green, pink, white, yellow, blue and red, and highlighted with gold lines. The ground is the normal Royal Worcester ivory color. Ridged indentations on the body are also trimmed in gold, with gold accent lines, more gold around the rim of the mouth and another gold line around the base. The inside of the jug is glazed.
The bottom shows one of the Royal Worcester standard printed marks with a crown. The Rd No is 47049. There are additional hand lettered numbers and letters.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
English Royal Worcester Claret Jug Hand Painted Flowers Leaves c 1884
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