Red earthenware jug, slip coated and decorated with sgraffito and oxide colours.
Red earthenware coated with cream slip, with incised (sgraffito) decoration painted in shades of green, yellow, and brown under lead-glaze.; silver plated mount, cover, and handle. The sides are decorated with four winged putti seated on foliated scrolls reserved in a green background; below there is a border of foliage and spots.
Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023
Height: 18 cm
Width: 16 cm
Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2023) by Smythe, Ian and Rita
The Della Robbia Pottery, founded by Harold Rathbone and Conrad Dressler. From 1894 until closure in 1906 it produced a range of decorative ceramics in Art Nouveau style and influenced by 15th and 16th century Italian ceramics. Following the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, pieces were hand thrown and decorated and individual decorators encouraged to mark their work. Typically, designs were set out in sgraffito over white slip and coloured with special fluid colours, formed from pigments mixed with water and gum arabic, which blended with the glaze to give exceptionally bright hues.
Handle composed of silver-plate ( no hallmarks visible)
Mount composed of silver-plate ( no hallmarks visible)
Decoration composed of metallic oxides
Inscription present: cream-coloured rectangular stick-on label (probably white originally)
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