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Majolica or Faience Jug, 1870's-80's
Offered here is a very pretty majolica or faience jug in an unusual color scheme and an interesting form. The graceful teardrop shape is modeled to suggest a pleated bag or reticule gathered at the top with blue ribbon tied in a bow knot, from which hangs a spray of crimson primrose blossoms and leaves. The bottom half of the jug is molded in a raised basketweave or wickerwork pattern, and the blue ribbon detail extends down the front, the handle, and encircles the pad foot. Two more leaves flank the base of the handle, and there is just a touch of gilding at the scalloped rim.
The clean white glaze, along with the bright turquoise blue and apple green enamel decoration, gives this piece a freshness that distinguishes it from the rich earth and jewel tones of most majolica. Displays beautifully on its own, or lovely filled with flowers and used as a vase.
Dimensions: Height 8", Body 5 1/2" diameter, width 6 1/2" including handle.
Condition: Very good. There is a small cavity in the base that appears to be from the manufacture, not subsequent damage (see photos 8 & 9). A 1/16" spot of enamel has flaked off one of the leaves near the handle (see photo 5). There is wear to the gilding at the rim, especially near the spout. Otherwise no cracks, chips, flakes or repairs.
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