19th century Antique Smear Glazed Pitcher with Flowers and Branches, made in the early 1800's. Has a beautiful decorative design of large flowers surrounded by a branch trellis pattern and berried ivy. The detail is incredible! Extremely functional as well as decorative, the handle features rope detailing.
Pitchers or jugs like this were used daily for cider in the mid 1800's. However, these examples, which are elaborately and crisply modeled, were comparatively expensive and probably intended largely for show, or, at most, for use on special occasions. The glaze was applied indirectly to the surface by painting a coat of glaze on the inside of the closed container (mold) in which the piece was baked. During the firing process, this glaze evaporated and settled like a fine mist on the surface of the ware.
Jugs like this are on permanent display at the V & A Museum in London. Unmarked, as many of these collectable pieces of pottery are from this era. This is an early one, it has parts where the cream clay is peeking through the glaze.
- Measures 8-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 6-3/4".