6-1/4" drab ware pitcher or jug relief molded with two fanciful carriages, one drawn by two elephants and another pulled by two camels. Around the top of the jug is a relief molded fruiting grape vine, and the vine-like handle is topped with a finial resembling a bunch of grapes. A stylized palm tree, directly beneath the spout, separates the two carriages. The molded relief is enhanced with over glaze enamels -- orange, black, green, blue, yellow, and crimson (purple). The base has six small "feet."
The tan color of the piece comes from the ceramic itself, although there are areas of staining from use, mostly around and near the top, associated with crazing and flaws in the glaze. The identification scratched into the glaze on the bottom of the jug (the ill-advised work of a previous owner) reads, "Unknown maker, English, 1835."
There is no maker's mark present, so the most specific identification we feel comfortable giving is that the piece is British and dates from the 19th century.
Condition: good for its age, with a couple of flakes to one foot and what looks like a firing crack to the bottom of another (see photos). There is crazing in the glaze over the whole piece, but the glaze is still shiny. The enamel painting is in very good condition and shows few signs of wear, if any.
An interesting and unusual piece.
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