English pearlware jug with underglaze blue Chinoiserie scenes, attr. Liverpool c. 1780


English pearlware jug, decorated in underglaze blue with Chinoiserie scenes, including a lady with cane & parasol on a fenced terrace, the other side with a pagoda with distinct ‘fleur-de-lis’ finial, stylised plants & trees, the rim with a lattice border with an arcaded edge.

Unmarked, perhaps Liverpool

Circa 1780

15cm high

Condition: small chip restorers to spout, faint short hairline crack to rim

This shape is a Liverpool form; however, other makers could also have made similar. The pattern could not be traced in the literature, although it has certain characteristics in common with the ‘Three Dot’ group outlined p124-129 in “Painted in Blue”, namely: the three-dot configuration (representing birds) in places; multiple ‘O’ suns in the sky; a twin-trunked ‘ovals-tree’; and the distinct fleur-de lis (seen on a bowl, fig. 214).
If this is indeed a strong link, it potentially expands the ‘Three-dot group’ feature list to include:

-a concave hat-like parasol top (all others sighted being convex).
-curved flower-head fence panels.
-V-formations of birds flanking an ‘O’ sun in the sky.
-arcaded border with pendant flowerhead tips.

Unfortunately, the conclusion of the reference is that there are probably many different factories represented in this grouping!





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