Delft jug with pewter lid, c.1690

I purchased this ovoid Dutch Delft blue & white earthenware jug from a dealer last year because I loved the stylized decoration and the unusual inventive repair. It has a slightly flared neck, blue & white Chinoiserie decoration, and a scroll handle. Jug was made in Holland in the late 1600s.

The pewter lid with a patch to cover the missing spout is one I have not seen before. I assumed that liquids would not pour well from this damaged vessel, but was pleasantly surprised how well the water flowed. I guess that the tinker or whoever did the repair over 150 years ago knew what they were doing.

Here’s another jug with similar form and decoration, but without damage. I prefer mine over this “perfect” example.

Photo courtesy of Anticstore

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One Response to “Delft jug with pewter lid, c.1690”

  1. Leslie LeFevre-Stratton says:

    Your’s is a better proportioned shape. I’m going to guess that it pours OK because the broken ceramic edge was smoothed a bit on the inside when it’s pewter repair was being fashioned. Thank you Andrew for posting this.

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