19th-century Staffordshire double-handled frog mug with hunting dogs and pheasants molded in low relief on the outside. The animals and the setting in which they are depicted are colored in enamels over the glaze. The frog inside the mug is painted with black leopard-like spots.
Rather large in size, the mug is almost certainly the product of one of the many potteries that operated in Staffordshire, England, in the 1800s. The mug is not marked, however, so which factory made it cannot be identified.
Measurements: about 8½” across the handles x 5-3/8” in diameter across the base x 5½” high. The mug weighs a little less than 2 pounds before packing. The packaged weight will be about 4½ pounds.
As is typical of Staffordshire pieces of the period, there is crazing in the glaze on the mug, and unevenness in the pottery as well as the glaze. The colors are bright and in very good condition for the age of the piece, showing few if any signs of wear. There are a few light streaks of staining that run vertically inside the mug, and a single shallow chip along the top edge, just to the left of the handle.
Even with this flaw, the mug should make a nice addition to a collection of 19th-century Staffordshire wares.
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