Victorian Flow Blue Milk Jug Transferware - Late 1800's
Offering a nice milk jug in the Ivy, three shades of blue, pattern. This gorgeous fancy shape is in great age appropriate condition. There are no cracks, stains, dings, or chips. The inside is clean too, no stains. I have photographed an area on the rim edge that appears to be where a sliver of the clay might have been pulled off when the piece was made. I can't tell for sure if it was a manufacturing flaw or after market damage, but I did want to bring it to your attention. The area is glazed over which says it was probably a flaw from the beginning. Back in those days, even though Flow Blue items were massed produced, less than perfect pieces were not junked like they are today. I don't see anything else to mention except the crazing and the worn gilding that has occurred over the last 120+ years.
The pitcher is 7-1/2" Tall and holds about a quart or a little less.
There are two pictures of this pattern on Page 89 in Mary Frank Gaston's book, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Flow Blue China, Second Series", Copyright, 1994. Mary Gaston reports in her book that the pattern name "Ivy" was named by Petra Williams in her 1971 book, "Flow Blue China An Aid To Identification", Page 185. The pictures of the pattern in Gaston's book are displayed on jugs that are different from this one I am listing. I do not know the maker of the jug. There is a raised bar on the bottom that has a word incised in it, but I can't make it out. The glaze has filled the incised area and the blue flow is very faint in that area. The word is more than likely either the country of origin or the makers name.
The fancy transfer ware jug is very attractive and makes a lovely display. It is also usable.
Thanks for looking, enjoy your day and don't let this one get away. Just email if you would like different pictures or have any questions.
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