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Chamberlain Worcester Oval Shaped Milk Jug, underglaze Blue and Gilt 'Barley Ear' decoration, Pattern Number 273, c1802-1805

(p1050)

A Chamberlain Worcester milk jug, typical shape of Chamberlain Worcester for the period c1802-5. This charming milk jug, with its smooth body, is decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and embellished with the 'Barley Ear ' pattern and gilded roses. This pattern number is number 273, this is marked on the underside of the jug in puce.

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This delightfully shaped milk jug has a beautiful smooth body with well shaped high handle and elegant pouring lip.

The main body of the jug is decorated with a wide band of underglaze rich cobalt blue, this also applied to the inner rim of the pouring lip. Applied on top of this rich blue band is the heavenly honey coloured gilt decoration in the form of 'Barley Ears'. The blue band is bounded top and bottom by a thick gilded line. The lower line has below it a fringed gold line which is extremely fine.

Around the body of the jug are delightful rose buds, one on each side of the jug and another at the front of the jug. these rose buds are interspersed with minor leaf sprigs.

There is a gilt rose bud underneath the pouring lip of the jug and around the shoulder of the jug a few minor leaf sprigs in gold.

The rim of the jug and around the foot is gilded.

The very elegant high shaped handle of the jug is decorated on the back edge with more gilded decoration in the form of foliage. There is also diminishing line decoration applied to the handle where it joins the body of the jug, top and bottom.

On the underside of the jug is the pattern number '273' in puce.

    

This is a charming and very elegant Chamberlain Worcester Oval Shaped Milk Jug, underglaze Blue and Gilt 'Barley Ear' decoration, Pattern Number 273, c1802-1805.

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Size and Weight: (values are approximate)

  • 5" (138mm) in length from the tip of the pouring lip to the back edge of the handle
  • 5" (138mm) height of the jug to the top of the handle
  • 8 oz (229gms) weight of the jug

Marks:

On the underside of the jug is the pattern number '273' in puce. This is the Chamberlain blue and gold patter of 'Barley Ears'.

Reference 'Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain 1788-1852' by Geoffrey Godden.

Condition:

This elegant Chamberlain Worcester milk jug is in good condition with no chips, cracks, repairs or restoration. The only minor imperfection is that there is some wear to the gilt decoration, this can be seen in the pictures and is mainly to the gilding on the rim of the jug and the gilt line round the jug's shoulder. This is still a very fine chamberlain Worcester jug from c1802-1805.

 


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