Small sprigged jug with brass handle, c.1820

Good things come in small packages, as is evident by this small but mighty Dutch shape jug, which was made in England between 1815 and 1820. It stands 3.5 inches high, 4.25 inches wide from handle to spout and has a lavender ground with white sprigged decorations including gryphons, cupids, a figural Baccus head spout, a large urn, and a rim border of grape clusters and leaves. Possibly made by Ridgway Pottery but many other potters made this and similar designs.

Over 150 years ago, a clever metalsmith fashioned a simple brass replacement handle. Without compromising the jug by drilling through the side, this practical handle clips on to the broken ends of the jug, much like a crown repairs a broken tooth. While many types of metal are used to repair broken ceramics, polished brass is not one of the more common materials. I find that the warm golden tone adds a regal touch to this small but highly decorative jug.

This jug, identical to mine, shows what the original handle looked like.

Photo courtesy of eBay

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3 Responses to “Small sprigged jug with brass handle, c.1820”

  1. Leslie LeFevre-Stratton says:

    Andrew, this is wonderful!
    You should post this to our friends’ “Sprigged and Relief Molded Jugs” discussion group!

  2. Thanks for your comment. I will!

  3. Andrew,

    I saw your spectacular posting of jug repairs in the Facebook sprigged a mns molded jug Facebook group. I just checked out your blog site as well -terrific! I did an exhibition and an electronic catalog of molded jugs. I am following up with an article in Ceramics in America and wondered if I could publish one or twofold your repaired pieces in the article. Attribution as you would like to you etc.
    Since you asked for website I put the e-catalog on your form and some website credentials below so you can check it out.


    Ann Smart Martin
    Stanley and Polly Stone (Chipstone) Professor
    Decorative Arts and Material Culture
    Director, Material Culture Program
    Art History Department
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

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