Here's an incredibly beautiful piece of folk art you don't see every day! This is 19th Century redware jug is in good, as-found condition! Ovoid in shape, it has an applied handle that melds into and around the spout. With the exception of the underside, it's completely coated in a milky white, almost cream-colored glaze and has intricate, hand-applied decorations around the upper third of the piece. Please note these flowers and such are all glaze, not paint!
Like all old redware, this jug, despite its lovely appearance, was utilitarian in nature and saw lots of use in its day. It was not considered special back then. There are contact marks, glaze loss, and pitting in the glaze all around the piece. Some of this probably happened when it was knocked around with other crockery, way back when. There are some chips around the bottom edge and near the spout but the main body of the jug seems to have mostly glaze loss, not chipping. There are no cracks or hairlines; it's structurally sound. This piece is 12 inches high with a bottom diameter of 3 7/8 inches. The widest point in its bulbous shape is about 8 1/4 inches. Curiously, there are incised numbers that look like a "5" and a "71" in the surface near the handle.
This jug has a fabulous, county chic appearance and would be a one of a kind item to decorate any room! If you like old pottery, this jug would certainly become a focal point of any collection. Don't miss out on this rare piece of 19th Century folk pottery!
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