A high quality black basalt cream jug. It is crisply moulded and very lightweight. The moulded decoration includes oak leaf and acorn branches on upper part of each corner, with acanthus leaf moulding at the lower corners. There is an applied clay sprig (bas-relief) in the reserve panel on either side of the body. The sprig on the obverse side is a detailed version of 'Plenty' (sometimes called 'Peace') with cornucopia and olive(?) branch. The sprig on the reverse side is called 'Cupids with Torches' or ‘Cupids Igniting the Flames of Love’. The handle is strap type and is very thinly potted. There is an impressed number '13' in base. The outside is unglazed whilst the inside has a thin clear glaze.
I have been unable to find an exact match for this item in the published books at my disposal (Grant, Edwards etc.). The high quality workmanship and the style suggest a date of manufacture circa 1800 to 1810. English.
118mm high to top of handle (approx. 4.6")
No chips. No restoration. An invisible hairline from base and up side of body has been stabilised.