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'First Period' Worcester Sparrow Beak Milk Jug, Pear Shape Body, Polychrome Floral Decoration, c1770

(p1285)

  

A very elegant little 'First Period' Worcester milk jug dating from c1770. This delightful jug has a pear shaped body that is exquisitely decorated by hand with finely painted on glaze naturalistic flower sprays. It has a pretty sparrow beak shaped pouring lip and a moulded loop handle.

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The main decoration of the jug on the left hand side is of a beautiful flower bouquet, this having delightfully colourful flowers. The flowers are set against rich green and bronze foliage, this given detail in fine gilt lining.

On the right hand side of the jug is a smaller flower spray and then several single flower sprays towards the front of the jug.

 

Inside the rim of the jug is a painted red line below which is a scalloped line and dots to form a pretty and decorative border.

 

The handle to the jug is of a simple loop form that is moulded with an impressed line down the back of it, giving it a very pleasing profile.

  

The jug stands upon a circular raised foot rim. The body of the jug is translucent when held to strong light and shows the characteristic Worcester porcelain 'duck egg' blue colour.

 

There are no manufacturer's marks to this jug, but it is a Worcester jug that dates from c1770 and is a fine example of their fine workmanship.

This is a very elegant 'First Period' Worcester Sparrow Beak Milk Jug, Pear Shape Body, Polychrome Floral decoration, c1770

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Size and Weight: (values are approximate)

  • 3˝" (90mm) in height.
  • 3Ľ"(80mm) in length from the tip of the pouring lip to the back edge of the handle.
  • 3ľoz (109gms) in weight.

Marks:

There are no manufacturer's marks to this jug, but it is a Worcester jug that dates from c1770 and is a fine example of their fine workmanship.

Condition:

This very fine jug is generally in very good condition with no cracks, repairs or restoration. The only very minor imperfection is a very tiny chip to the tip of the pouring lip (which looks worse in the picture below than it really is) and some kiln smut in the glaze on the underside of the base and around the lower portion of the jug, this is from the firing process. A beautiful Worcester jug for the collector of fine English or Worcester porcelain from the eighteenth century.


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