Salt-glazed Stoneware Cider Jug with Polychrome Decoration,
The jug is painted in colourful enamels with a courting couple in a tree-filled landscape, a church to one side with a weathercock on its tall spire, and a smaller building to the other side. The gentleman wearing knee breeches, stockings and a waistcoat beneath a full-skirted coat, holds in his hand a tricorn hat. The lady, wearing a pendant cross necklace and clasping in her hands a fan, wears a hoop skirt, chemise and bodice. Either side of the pinched pouring lip is painted a single flower.
Beneath the rim and outlining the pouring lip is a border of black scrolls on a green ground, lined in magenta. The border inside the rim is of black diapered trelliswork, with the same colours as before. The moulded strap handle is painted with a foliate design in iron-red.
Dimensions: Height 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm)
Reference: A Collector's History of English Pottery, Griselda Lewis (Antique Collectors' Club, 1987).
Early Staffordshire Pottery, Bernard Rackham (Faber and Faber, 1951)