1840's English Gaudy Welsh Cream Jug or Pitcher Smoking Buddha Pattern
The term "Gaudy Welsh" was first used after WWII by a group of avid American collectors. It is an old pottery pattern generally made in Staffordshire, England in the Victorian era, although it was also made in Wales. It was known by the English as "Swansea Cottage." Swansea is in Wales. This piece shows the smoking Indian pattern which is also called the Oyster pattern.
The Chinoiserie colours of gaudy are generally imari like in nature, with cobalt blues, gold gilts, red, oranges and green. The condition of this little cream jug is beautiful with an unusual creamy yellow jug bottom that we just love. There is some slight age yellowing along the top edge. This piece is about 180 years of age and was found in Weston-super-Mare, a seaside town in Somerset on the English Channel. We were very happy to find it.
Size: 3.5 high x 5 inches wide including handle
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