STAFFORDSHIRE TOBY JUG WITH HAT LID

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Item Code: 909-100

This is English, circa 1840. Measures approximately 9 ¾” tall x 4 ¼” wide at the base. Features include clay pipe in one hand and foamy tankard of ale in the other. Yellow breeches and blue tail coat. Open mouth showing teeth. This jug retains its hat/lid which surely was easily lost and must be missing from many of these. Glaze looks good with only a few minor specks of paint missing here and there. However, there is a repaired break to the rear, base. Multiple cracks visible emanating from the bottom and running up the back about an inch high.  All damage is contained to the back of the jug. No damage to handle and jug is strong and solid.

These jovial jugs developed by 18th century potters in Staffordshire, England became popular in many countries around the world but often retained aspects of their very English aesthetic, usually featuring a rotund bon vivant in 18th century dress with his tri-corner hat forming the spout. The precise origin for the jug’s name is hard to trace but the most popular theory remains that potters found their inspiration in Shakespeare’s Sir Toby Belch of Twelfth Night. The finest and most prized works of the tradition are still considered to be those made in the Stafforshire potteries between the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries.  [jet]

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