A Fine First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Cabbage-Leaf Moulded Mask Jug

A Fine First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Cabbage-Leaf Moulded Mask Jug, moulded with overlapping cabbage leaves over the body in ‘Dutch’ jug form, adapted from 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 floral swags in pink, yellow, green, and purple against a blue scale ground. The body features gilt decorated c-scroll reserved cartouches on the front and back displaying a central floral spray. Similar panelled cartouches with floral sprays 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 1770

Underglaze blue square mark

Height: 7 ins. (18 cms.)

R. David Butti Collection

For another example with very similar decoration to the rim see Simon Spero and John Sandon, Worcester Porcelain, 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection (1996), p. 237, pl. 263. For another underglaze blue scale example, see p. 272, pl. 326.

A similar example but with brown bearded male mask is in the British Museum, London (1921,1215.150.CR)

Stock No. 1932

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