A Raeren architectonic shape jug. Brown stoneware with a salt-glaze. The body has applied sprig friezes around neck and body. The neck frieze depicts 3 small faces with flowers and scrolls. The body frieze depicts the seven Electors of Rome, each framed by an arch with an heraldic shield in front of them. The end figure on the obverse side includes the date ‘1603’. The pillars supporting the arches contain mask/faces and abbreviated text.
This 420 year old jug is wheel-thrown with wheel-turned mouldings and impressed motifs (the motifs around the shoulder form heart shapes). The handle is missing, but the long (rat tail) handle terminal remains. The handle has at some time in the past been replaced with a pewter handle which is formed over an iron ‘pin’ which passes through the neck (see photos). The pewter lid has an engraved monogram “A F”. There is also a ring of pewter around the foot which supports a piece of pewter which is filling a large chip on the foot.
The text on the arches (going left to right) (the ‘Z’s are all reversed) reads:
B:ZV TR:, B:ZV COL:, B:ZV ME:, ROM. KAI:, PA: GRA, HA. ZV:S:, BRA. BV:
These mean (in same order):
BISSCHAF ZV.TRIR = Archbishop of Trier
BISCHOF ZV:COLE = Archbishop of Cologne
BISCHOF ZV:MINS = Archbishop of Mainz
RAMISCHE R:KAISER = Holy Roman Emperor (King of Bohemia)
PALTS:GRA F:AM:RIN = Count Palatine of the Rhine
HERTZOG ZV:SAXE = Duke of Saxony
BRANDE N BVRGH = Margrave of Brandenburg (Medieval title of military commander).
Pot ID: AP/1309
Dimensions: 225 mm High to top of rim (263 mm to top of lid).
Net Weight (grams): 995
Handle is a pewter replacement and a pewter ring on foot covers a large chip (and possibly other chips) (see text above).
The neck has been broken off and glued back. A small chip on lower tip of handle terminal. Several small chips around rim. Small kiln touch scars here and there. Some wear to raised edges of moulding. It is 420 years old and has the scars to prove it.