White felspathic stoneware jug with brown slip ground and white sprigs. Attrib. Chetham & Woolley. c.1800-1815. AP/1643.


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Fine quality felspathic (feldspathic) stoneware jug with slightly cream coloured body. Three oval cartouches around the body with brown slip ground and containing white sprigs. There is a band of brown slip around the rim. Moulded handle with simple ‘rolled’ upper terminal and two spurs (one internal, one external). Turned foot with engine turning above.
The sprigs include, obverse: a robed classical woman pouring an oil libation from a jug onto a tripod brazier (‘A Sacrifice’). Front: ‘Sportive Love’. Reverse: Venus on her shell ‘boat’ pulled by a dolphin, with Cupid riding a dolphin behind.

Exact matching examples of this jug are illustrated in ‘Chetham & Woolley Stonewares 1793-1821’ (Wyman 2011). He describes them as ‘Mist-type… Chetham & Woolley, Longton, Staffordshire, est. 1795 … c.1800-1810″.

Pot ID: AP/1643
Dimensions: 135 mm highest to top of handle.
Net Weight (grams): 379

Condition Report:
A series of stress cracks within the base only. This has resulted in a slight raising of a section near the foot (as tension in the throwing has been released). It is possible (but I can’t be certain) that a piece may have been re-glued in the base. The inside of the jug has been sprayed at bottom with paint to hide the damage. There are a few very small shallow flake chips on the tip of the spout, plus fleabites to the brown slip on rim on obverse side.


Weight 855 g