Superb Very Rarely Sprigged Late 1700s Kishere Mortlake Georgian Stoneware Jug
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Superb Very Rarely Sprigged Late 1700s Kishere Mortlake Georgian Stoneware Jug :
We are listing this superb very rarely sprigged late 1700s Georgian salt glazed stoneware rabbit hunt jug which was made by the Kishere Pottery in Mortlake and has a silver plated rim. The jug is unmarked (true of most Kishere pieces) but it can definitely be identified as a product of the Kishere Pottery in Mortlake by the very rarely seen windmill sprig version on one side of the jug which is shown on page 112 of JOSEPH KISHERE and the MORTLAKE POTTERIES and noted as being the earliest version used by Kishere (and earlier in the 1700s by the Sanders Pottery in Mortlake). The jug also has the hand molded (thumb pinched) ribbed neck and tall bodied shape seen on very early Mortlake pieces, and a smeared and folded handle terminal seen on late 1700s Mortlake pieces (see page 223 of Ivor Noel Hume's authoritative article on brown jug sprigs in the 2004 Ceramics in America). The jug has a Mortlake Toby Philpot sprig on its front (page 224 of Hume's article), various foliage sprigs spread around its surface (a feature of very early Kishere and Sanders jugs), and a series of hunt sprigs of a rabbit pursued by six dogs (very unusually showing their ribs) and a rarely seen late 1700s Mortlake version of a mounted hunter (page 230 of the article) around the base. The handle of the jug has a small foliage sprig decoration on its top surface - a feature I have never seen on any other Kishere piece. This jug is also only the second Mortlake rabbit hunt jug I have ever seen - their hunts usually feature either a fox or a stag. It is 5.5 inches tall, 5 inches at its widest point, very interestingly and rarely sprigged, displays very well, and it is in very good condition (slight roughness on one edge of the rim, and a glaze drip on the back of the handle). Please view the closeup pictures and judge for yourself. This is a very rarely seen jug from the famous Kishere Pottery in Mortlake.
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