An Impressive First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Cabbage-Leaf Moulded Mask Jug

An Impressive First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Cabbage-Leaf Moulded Mask Jug moulded with overlapping cabbage leaves over the body in ‘Dutch’ jug form, inspired by Meissen. The spout features a moulded male mask with grey painted beard and delicately painted facial features. Along the rim, a gilt decorated border consists of painted floral sprays between a green tinted lappet band. Beneath the border, gilt decorated c-scroll cartouches are painted with butterflies against a blue scale ground. The body features gilt decorated c-scroll reserved cartouches on the front and back displaying a flock of exotic birds. One bird perched on fruiting trees, a pair with outspread wings swoop overhead, while a pair are found strutting in the foreground, one standing upright while the other pecks at the ground. Similar panelled cartouches with birds and insects are painted on the sides. The double-scroll handle is further enhanced with scroll decoration painted in puce. The base is outlined with gilt.

Circa 1768-1770

Marks
Underglaze blue fretted square

Dimensions
Height 11 1/2 ins. (29.2 cms.)

Provenance
Alfred Schlosser Collection

Literature
A similar, albeit, smaller example is in the British Museum, London (1921,1215.151.CR) and is discussed in R.L. Hobson ‘The Frank Lloyd Collection at the British Museum’, The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs Vol. 40, No. 227 (Feb., 1922), pp. 90-91+93.

See a similar example in the Radlett Collection of 18th Century English Porcelain in the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (G05.18.46).

Stock No. 1946

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