Antique C 1760 Jackfield Pottery Jug Decorated Black Glazed Baluster Redware
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Antique C 1760 Jackfield Pottery Jug Decorated Black Glazed Baluster Redware :
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Intrigued by a quote I found in an old book written in 1904 by A. H. Church, I had no choice but to spend the next two days researching what he said. After all, Mr. Church was “the man” at the Victoria & Albert Museum when it came to European ceramics.
With an image of a jug nearly identical to the one presented here, he wrote: “The only Salopean earthenware that claims notice here is the believed to have been made at Jackfield . . . about 1760-1775.”
I’ll continue the quote in a jiffy, but I can assure you that the jug at Victoria & Albert is not only of the same form and age, it appears to have been decorated by the same hand.
However, first we’d better take a good look at the old rascal I’m selling.
It is black glazed redware, hand painted and standing 9 ½” tall.
As with the V&A example, as well as a second specimen owned by The Jackfield Pottery National Trust, (Inventory Number 509515), the one selling here also carries an “inscription contained in scroll cartouche below sparrow’s beak spout.”
The only difference is the name.
According to information passed to me many years ago by the family, “C. Guest” was British “nobility.” I am simply unqualified to identify the person. I’ll leave that to the Peerage professionals. (Let’s call them Nobiliphiles.)
CONDITION REPORT: In my opinion, this baluster form Jackfield Pottery jug is likely the finest example not imprisoned in a museum or secret collection. As one would expect, there are some minor losses of enamel. After all, it is “over the glaze.”
There is one tiny bite, and I DO mean tiny, under the rim of the spout, midway between the “poring point” and the body. I have enhanced a couple photos seen below. Had I not, you couldn’t have seen it.
More images and commentary continue below my three "Prime Directives:"
1st: I never, under any circumstances, use a reserve, and rarely do I ask for an opening offer of more than $9.00 (sometimes even less).
2nd: I never end sales early.
3rd: I don’t usually clean, repair, or otherwise monkey around with anything. I push enough dust aside to expose any flaws, but if I discovered it in some dusty attic, you can look forward to a little dust on it when it gets to your house. If it has a flaw or a wart, I'll tell you about it.
So rest easy and have some fun.
Look closely and you can see the tiny bite I mentioned. (Upper left)
Except for further quotes from the book by Mr. Church, the rest of this description consists of images.
His focus is on potteries such as Coalport, Swansea, Wedgwood, etc., which is why he started by saying, “The only Salopian earthenware” worthy of my book, is Jackfield Pottery. (I made up what isn’t in quotes, but that is what he was saying.)
More from the book.
“It is of ordinary red clay coated with a thick and brilliant black glaze, and often ornamented with oil-gilding. Sometimes it was painted in oil-colours with groups of flowers.”
“Jugs and tea-ware are almost the only productions attributed to Jackfield.”
Goodbye, Old Friend . . .
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