A troop of neo-classical putti from the series known as "Bacchanalian Boys" provides...
A troop of neo-classical putti from the series known as "Bacchanalian Boys" provides the major decoration of this early cane ware jug. Signalling the potential purpose of the vessel, the boys are engaged in selecting and processing grapes for wine. The scale of these figures, larger than the putti we typically encounter, speaks of the jug's early date.
Above and below the figural frieze, Wedgwood employs a faux bamboo relief, with horizontal stalks forming the collar and spout, and vertical stalks for the handle and tapering base. An abstract band of overlapping elements accents the base of the collar, and the cut bamboo motif is cleverly carried onto the foot to form a table ring (see mark photo).
The interior of the jug is sealed with a delicate opaque white glaze.
|Dimensions:||Height 7 in.; width 6 1/4 i.; widest diameter 5 1/4 in.|
|Condition:||Fine, light overall staining, more evident in glazed interior
According to Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary (p.142), the "Bac...
According to Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary (p.142), the "Bacchanalian Boys" likely derive from the work of the sculptor Francois Duquesnoy (1594-1643). Known in his day as Il Fiammingo (The Fleming), his work includes many classical putti, the most famous of which is the charmingly naughty Manakin-pis in Brussels. Wedgwood was not alone in the use of this source. Many of the major eighteenth century porcelain manufacturers, from Sevres and Vincennes to Chelsea, included models derived from his figures.