English pottery jug modeled to look like the head of Bacchus, made ca. 1850.
The jug depicts Bacchus as a man with a long gray beard, gray eyes, hair and eyebrows and ruddy cheeks. The figure wears a cap or crown that forms the spout, and a wreath of grapes and leaves. These are painted in overglaze crimson, green and pink shading. The handle is modeled to resemble either a thick vine or a twig.
The piece is not marked, but we have seen identical pieces online and in reference books identified as being early Victorian and made in Staffordshire. The piece has good weight (about 2 pounds, 6 ounces) and measures 7½ inches high x 5¼ wide x 7¼ deep. The glaze has pooled in the inside of the bottom of the jug and formed droplets on the underside of the base; it is very pale blue.
Condition: very good for its age, with no cracks or repairs that we have been able to find. There is some crazing in the glaze on the handle, as well as some sand or grit in the glaze on the top of the handle, near where it attaches to the back of the figure's head. The only wear to be seen on the jug is to the overglaze enamel, particularly to the edge of the spout and the back of the collar (the black color has flaked off in a few spots). There is some rubbing and/or light scratches in the color on both cheeks and to the pink shading under the spout as well.
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