A beautiful 6 1/2" English Copeland stoneware jug / pitcher encircled with a group of neo-classical dancing ladies and a string of garland. It is in mint condition and has no chips, hairlines or repairs.
Made in England by W. T. Copeland and Sons in the late 1890's this jug has a stoneware body which has been decorated by white jasperware on a tan or light brown body. The body has been well modeled with attention to detail and fine potting. Pretty applied swagged garland of flowers across around the top and Dancing ladies below. The pattern is called "Dancing Hours" and the figures which are the main decoration are also well modelled with fine details. The original name for this pattern was"Twelve Damsels Dressed in Diaphanous Draping".
Marks: Brown printed "Copeland Late Spode England", and impressed marks "Copeland', what appears to be 18 and another illegible impressed name.
This is one of several very nice English stoneware & porcelain items obtained from a Boston, Massachusetts estate auction.