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Minton Moulded Pitcher or Jug of Silenus - Dark Green -Very Detailed
Acquired this beauty from a NH Estate Sale. The pitcher measures 7 1/2" tall X 7" from spout through handle. This jug is in mint condition with no cracks or chips. It has very nice details. The Minton makers mark is on the bottom. After much research and help we have found that the V & A Museum in London had quite a bit of information regarding a jug identical to this one but in a blue and white color. Here is what they say about it: The first relief-moulded white stoneware jugs were produced in about 1820, and were cheaper and easier to produce than the earlier sprig moulding which demanded more skill. Minton's designed the 'Silenus' jug in about 1831 and it proved to be one of their most popular earlier designs, to such an extent that it was copied by Mason and by Doulton. It was first issued in light green, then dark green. This blue version is model number 235. Silenus was a god of Bacchus' retinue. A merry, rotund old drunkard, he was nevertheless credited with wisdom and prophetic powers. He is usually shown leading Bacchus' triumphal procession, on an ass and supported by satyrs. We cannot say how old this jug is for we are just not sure. Great piece for the collector.
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