1870's Eastlake Victorian English Jackfield Jet Black Ware Pottery Jug
#AD049 Antique Victorian Jackfield English Pottery Water Jug or Pitcher
Mourning was such an important part of Victorian life and it became the art and culture of the British Isles after the death of Queen Victoria's beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861, at the age of 42. Mourning clothing and customs were big business, and also became a rigid part of British life. The display of the Queen's personal mourning and her own customs were then openly available for the general culture made mourning customs a deep part of culture.
Jackfield ware was shiny jet black pottery perfect for the times. It is an earthenware pottery with a glossy black glaze. It has the appearance of a japanned or lacquered finish, and was very popular in Victorian England for it's black attributes. Although first produced in the 1700's in Jackfield, Shropshire, its heyday was Victorian, where it was highly prized. Jackfield is equally glazed in shiny and luxurious black, both inside and out.
Here we have an 1870's Eastlake Victorian inspired table water jug, with graphic flowers, natural elements, raised painted polka dots and an oriental bird motif, in Chinoiserie design. Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views. The bottom mark in gold is Registration number 140614, #446. This type of registration stopped in the 1880's.
The condition is beautiful. The only fault would be some of the white overlay painted dots around the very graphic half circular pattern are worn away, as seen in photos, as well as the robin egg blue dots on the central motif. Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views. These could be easily restored or left as is. It was found in Exeter, Devon, England and is a beautiful old original piece.
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