English pottery jug, ‘Elephant & Camel’ pattern, attr. Johnson c. 1820


Interesting Staffordshire Pottery jug, the elegant shape printed & painted with an exotic procession of Chinoiserie figures with banners, an Elephant with Howdah, a camel bearing a tent, the background deep blue, with a broad floral border at the rim both inside & out.
Unmarked, attributed to Reuben or Phoebe Johnson of Hanley,
circa 1820

small repaired rim chip near handle

This interesting pattern has strong similarities with ‘The Duenna’, attributed to Reuben Johnson of Hanley (1817-23) or his widow Phoebe (1823-38) identified by marked examples. There are a few other factories that have been identified using the ‘Elephant & Camel’ pattern, however a distinct feature is the top border; the ‘Duenna’ patten with the Johnson attribution bears the same small ‘lollypop’ and arcaded border. This attribution is particularly interesting as it probably identifies the distinct handle and jug shape, not identified elsewhere in any literature (that I could find…) .




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