While we frequently encounter transfer printed wares enhanced by enamel overpainting, rare...
While we frequently encounter transfer printed wares enhanced by enamel overpainting, rarely do we find examples so extensively and skillfully enameled that it takes close examination to distinguished them from totally hand-painted pieces, Such is this scene of a pipe smoking fellow--handy ax under his arm and dog at his heel--that adorns this pearlware jug in the popular bulbous "Dutch" shape. The mixing of white and grey tones to create the effect of snowdrifts under pale winter skies shows a level of sophistication also unusual on such wares.
The border and handle belie the winter theme of the decoration, featuring instead summery blossoms enriched primarily by pink and green enamels.
The reverse features an elaborate version of the "Farmers Arms," the popular motif intended to honor the agricultural profession by creating a heraldic device composed of farm motifs and such appropriate symbols as the beehive (representing industry). Our example prominently presents the couplet: "He that by the plough would thrive / Himself must either hold or drive." Below a ribbon bearing the motto "Industry produceth wealth" frames a busy milkmaid with cow amidst an array of farm images. Here the purple transfer printing dominates, merely enhanced by touches of red yellow and blue.
Finally the space under the spout features a painted inscription commemorating one John Hinton, obviously a prominent figure in the jug's provenance, with the date 1824.
|Date:||1820's; Painted inscription dated 1824|
|Dimensions:||Height 6 5/8 in.; width 8 5/8 in.; diameter 6 1/2 in.|
The figure of a lone pipe smoker, striding through a snow covered landscape, accompanied b...
The figure of a lone pipe smoker, striding through a snow covered landscape, accompanied by an attentive dog, has some precedent in English earthenware. The most immediate association is with the "Winter" vignette from the Adams "Seasons" pattern. Petra Williams also illustrates a plate from the Joseph Heath & Co."Woodman" pattern with the same pictorial formula (Staffordshire: Romantic Transfer Patterns, 1978, p.763). Both patterns feature snow covered cottages as well.
Was a wintry walk with pipe and dog a natural enough activity to show up by coincidence or is there a common pictorial source? Ceramic research may never penetrate such a minor, if interesting, mystery.
Cup and saucer sets in Adam's "Seasons" with the winter scene are currently available on this website.
|Price:||$ 750.00, Sold|