Posts Tagged ‘lustre’

Copper & pink luster child’s mug, c.1820

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Victorian child’s mug features two small cottages rendered in pink lustre slip, sandwiched between a copper lustre decorated rim and base

Mug stands 3″ high and was made in England in the early 19th century

The charmingly naive decoration is appropriate for a child’s mug

It is not unusual to find children’s china with cracks, chips and missing pieces. So when the handle broke off, a “do-it-yourself” metal handle was attached

I imagine you could purchase these clip-on replacement handles at a hardware or dry goods store

Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator of the Ceramics & Glass Collection at the V&A Museum in London researched the patent number and discovered it belonged to Frederick Warren Wilkes of Birmingham, UK. The handle, dating to 1922, was named “Emergency Handle for Domestic Receptacles”. Please check out this post for more information.

Please check out the cup on the right, which has the same patented replacement handle, posted on March 22, 2010: “Pekin” pattern cup, c.1880

This mug, with the same form and similar pink lustre decoration as mine, sports its original unbroken handle

photo courtesy of Eron Johnson Antiques

Copper lustre jug, c.1820

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

English soft paste pearlware jug with copper lustre bands, pink lustre trim and applied low relief classical decoration of frolicking cherubs and animals. It was most likely made by Wedgwood around 1820.

A metal bolt, visible just below the pink lustre band inside of the jug, holds the replaced handle securely in place

Jug stand 3-3/4″ tall and is 5-1/2″ wide

A metal handle was bolted on to the body of the jug to replace the original handle after it broke off. Curiously, the metal replacement was gilded to match the copper color of the jug and not white to more closely resemble the original handle color

This jug, with the same form and similar decoration, shows what the original handle of my repaired jug would have looked like

Photo courtesy of Aurea Carter Antiques

Large Sunderland jug, c.1855

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

This “Dutch” shape pottery jug was made in Sunderland, England, to commemorate the Crimean War. Decorated on one side with black transfer image of “A Frigate in Full Sail”, with overglaze polychrome enamel and pink lustre decoration

Most Sunderland pieces were produced at Anthony Scott’s Pottery in Southwick, Dawson’s Pottery in Low Ford (now South Hylton), or at Dixon, Austin & Co., all along England’s Northeast coast

Jug stands 8-1/2″ tall and is 13″ wide

A faux coat of arms with “CRIMEA” flanked by an eagle and a lion, English and French flags, along with banners that read: “MAY THEY EVER BE UNITED” and “VIVE L’EMP, REUR…GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”

A large metal handle with thumb rest and finger grip replaced the pottery handle formerly on the jug. Small metal tabs are all that remains of the support band seen at the top of the handle, as well as rust stains on the jug’s front surface

This jug with identical Crimean War transfer decoration still has its original handle

Photo courtesy of WorthPoint

Swansea cherub jug, c.1855

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Welsh pottery jug in the “Idle Apprentice” pattern made in Ynysmeudwy, West Glamorgan county, Southwest Wales

Jug measures 6″ high and is brightly decorated in polychrome glazes and pink lustre highlights

Relief design including a single cherub, grape clusters, flowers and scrollwork is found on both sides of the jug

Broken ceramic handle has been repaired with a crudely made metal replacement, including a multi-piece support band encircling the jug…

and wrapping around the broken handle fragment at the bottom

This same shaped jug in white, and more somberly decorated in copper lustre, shows its original ornate handle

Photo courtesy of Dorian’s Antiques

Silver resist lustre jug, c.1820

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This soft paste pottery “Dutch” shape jug is decorated in a stylized grape leaf pattern using a silver resist method of decoration. This type of decoration is achieved by painting the design with a resist substance such as thinned honey, applying the silver glaze over the entire jug, washing off the resist to reveal the unglazed decoration and firing to set the silver lustre background

Silver lustre, or “poor man’s silver” was first introduced in the 18th century by John Hancock for Spode. It remained popular throughout the 19th century, until the invention of electro plating brought silver plated items in to the masses in 1838. This jug measures 4-3/4″ tall

Tin was used to fashion a replacement handle and strap, most likely by an itinerant tinsmith or china mender

Another silver resist lustre jug shown with its original handle with the same silhouette as the replacement

Photo courtesy of John Howard

Child’s lustreware mug, c.1840

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

English copper lustre child’s mug from the mid-1800s has a light blue enamel band with relief figures of children…

And cupid sitting on what appears to be a polka dotted goat!

This little mug measures 3″ tall and is 4-3/4″ long

The tin handle and straps at the top and bottom were attached to the body, enabling the mug to be functional again

The original handle might have looked something like this

Photo courtesy of Eron Johnson Antiques

Lustreware goblet, c.1860

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Molded copper lustre goblet with classical relief design of figures in a chariot, measures 5″ high and dates from the mid-1800’s. Due to the proliferation of lustreware in England, coupled with the fragile nature of the clay, it is not uncommon to see inventive repairs on pieces such as this.

A detail of the child-like enamel decoration and the heavy “witch’s hat” shaped black-painted iron replacement base.

A goblet with floral decoration and similar shape maintains its original base

Photo courtesy of Appleby Antiques

Sunderland pink lustre frog mug, c.1830

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The addition of a ceramic frog inside of a child’s mug was a great way to encourage a little boy or girl to drink their milk. This 5″ tall souvenir mug has pink lustre and multi-color hand painted decoration over a transferware design, and was made in the early 1800’s by Moore & Co in Sunderland, England.

Printed on one side of the mug: “West View of the Cast Iron Bridge Over the River Ware”,  completed in 1796. A verse about the sea is printed on the other side.

A simple tin handle with straps does the trick replacing the original, shattered after a fall.

Unfortunately, the ceramic frog also suffered from the fall and was never recovered. Wouldn’t it be great to see a “make do” frog inside of this mug?

An original frog inside of a mug which escaped the slippery fingers of a Victorian child.

Photo courtesy of Martyn Edgell Antiques

Copper lustreware pepper pot, c.1840

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

In America, lustreware became popular in mid-19th century. During the Victorian period, a certain dinner party fad was to place lustreware pieces on a mirrored platform as a table centerpiece and watch the glow of gaslight sparkle and shimmer. This sturdy little pepper pot from England stands 4-3/4″ high.

The warm tone of the replaced carved wood base matches the copper color glaze.

This form is a copy of an 18th c. Georgian silver pepper pot.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Douglas

English silver lustre teapot, c.1820

Monday, March 15th, 2010

English silver lustre glazed pottery teapot with faceted, beaded & gadrooned body, stands 5.75 inches high and is 9.5 inches long.

One of the most common inventive repairs is a teapot spout replacement tip or shield. This repair was made by wrapping a single triangular shaped piece of tin and soldiering in place.

Another view of the teapot with its replaced spout tip.

An almost exact example is shown with a more elaborate eagle’s head handle.

Photo courtesy of Cathcart’s Antiques