English pearlware jug with "Portobello" style decoration (yellow transfer over brown glaze). The name of the pattern is unknown, but it would be categorized as being inspired by the architecture and landscapes of India. There are domed temples, men riding on horseback and merchants engaged in trade. A ship is moored in the background.
Research has brought to our attention that what traditionally has been called "Portobello ware" probably was not made there; rather it was more likely made by the Scott Brothers' Southwick Pottery in Sunderland. Pieces of this type were made in the early 19th century, around 1810-1820.
The jug is not marked. It measures 4¾ inches tall by 5¼ wide by 4¼ deep and weighs about 10 ounces.
Condition: very good for its age. There appear to be the traces of an old painted reference number (like those used in museums) on the bottom. There is a well-executed repair to the handle (it was broken and glued back together in such a way to make it difficult to detect), and a couple of tiny, old, chips or flakes to the edge of the spout. There are some surface scratches in the glaze. This is a nice example of a comparatively rare type of pearlware.
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