A prattware pipe in the form of a sitting woman holding a cat on her lap, whilst smoking a large pipe. This is either the so-called 'Gin Woman' or more likely a depiction of the famous Martha Gunn - the Brighton bathing lady (b.1727, d.1815) who bathed the Prince of Wales in 1785. She is usually found in Toby jug form (though much rarer than Toby), and the cat is a rare additional feature. She is sitting on a green basket, has a blue and brown spotted dress with orange / iron red trim. Her bonnet has yellow trim. The colours are high temperature pratt type under-glaze oxide colours. The handle is a strange combination of at least two snake like fish / sea creatures. Her feet and the cat's eyes and spots are all purple manganese.
This was made circa 1790-1810 in Staffordshire or Yorkshire. A fascinating and rare item.
119mm high (approx. 4.7")
The mouth piece (c. 3/4"), her right hand and the whole of the pipe are restored. There are several minor glaze rubs around the bonnet, bridge of nose, base and arm, but nothing serious.