Exceptional quality 19th century Smear Glazed Stoneware Pitcher made by James Dudson between 1861 - 1864 in Hanley, Staffordshire, England, with a beautiful decorative design of a large bundle of wheat, large leaves and lily flowers. The detail is incredible! Such an exquisite stoneware jug and extremely functional as well as astoundingly decorative.
Pitchers or jugs like this would have been in use daily for beer or cider. However, this example, which is elaborately and crisply modeled, would have been expensive and was probably intended for show, or for use on special occasions. A stunning light blue color and in wonderful condition. Jugs like this by Brownfield are on permanent display at the V & A Museum in London.