BRITISH DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PUZZLE JUG, LONDON OR LIVERPOOL, 1740-60.

Est. $800-$1,200
Sold: $1,320 ($1,100)

Inscribed “Here Gentlemen, come try your skill/ Ile hold a wager If you will. That you dont Drink this Liquor all, Without you Spill or let some fall,” flanked by a floral sprays, the neck pierced in a pattern of pierced flowerheads within matching hearts and circles. Height 6 ⅝ inches. Together with a London delft salt, 1660-80, and a Dutch delft polychrome figure of a recumbent cow. (3)

Literature: For a discussion regarding the characteristics of this type of jug conventionally attributed to Liverpool, see Michael Archer, “Delftware: The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles,” pp. 258-259, cat. nos. D.5-7; in “The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware,” vol. 2, p. 330, Leslie B. Grigsby, Michael Archer, Margaret Macfarlane and Jonathan Horne (et. al.) note that “The pierced pattern on the 1732 and 1733 delftware jugs (cat. nos. D301, D302) traditionally is associated with Liverpool, but it is not unlikely that more than one center used the same pattern.”

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