George III Staffordshire'scratch blue' stoneware, Royal commemorative jug or mug. Description: A good George III Staffordshire'scratch blue' stoneware, Royal commemorative mug, jug or measure.
Hand thrown and turned on a wheel. A ribbed, cobalt blue washed neck and an applied handle, the ovoid baluster-shaped body with an applied relief-moulded oval, bust-length portrait medallion of the crowned monarch facing right with initials'GR' either side, further symbols above and below him (probably rose of England, thistle of Scotland etc). The body of the vessel decorated with sweeping sgraffito foliage, highlighted with cobalt blue. Two old collectors labels to the underside.
Sherds of this type of ware were found at archeological digs in Greenhead Street, Burslem in 1964 and Nile Street, Burslem in 1967. Some authorities date this ware to the reign of George II (as the portrait medallion bears a stronger likeness to George II than George III) but it probably dates to early in the younger monarchs reign.
Comparable Pieces: An almost identical jug is held by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Object Number: C. Size: 15.7 cm high: 6 cm diameter at neck: 9.5 cm at belly. Literature: See page 50 and pl. 168 of Arnold R Mountford "The Illustrated Guide to Staffordshire Salt-glazed Stoneware" Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1971 for a tankard, more bulbous jug or mug, and a squat jug similarly decorated with medallions and incised petals and foliage coloured blue, dated to c. 126 of Diana Edwards and Rodney Hampson "White Salt-glazed Stoneware of the British Isles" Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 2005 for two mugs with comparable decoration.
The authors also mentions an advertisement for'blue and white G R' wares appearing in the Pennsylvania Gazette during 1772. 1935 (reprinted Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1987). Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge. Condition: Damage commensurate with age. There is a faint star crack to one side with four hairlines extending from it (stable and not unsightly).
The handle has cracks where it meets the body but appears never to have been broken, restored or reapplied: it is stable and holding. The glaze on the neck browns nicely towards the top indicating toasting from heat during the firing process, correct for the period. It is totally authentic, in standard condition for a piece of this material and age and displays very well. Thank you for looking and do please let me know if you have any questions. The item "Antique George III Staffordshire'Scratch Blue' Salt-Glazed Stoneware Jug C 1760" is in sale since Friday, September 8, 2017.
This item is in the category "Collectables\Royalty Collectables\Pre-Victorian (Pre-1837)". The seller is "jantregeagle" and is located in Witney. This item can be shipped worldwide.