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Post by r-and-f July 22nd 2015, 7:48 pm

This jug is 6.5 inches tall and has a lovely honey-coloured glaze.  The spout is decorated with a rather cheeky sgraffito face, with a sketchy house and a tree below.  I thought about country potteries in Devon or Cornwall, or maybe Farnham, but the light-coloured clay and the finish on the base don't look right.  So could it be French?  I dunno.  Can anyone help, please?

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Post by NaomiM July 22nd 2015, 7:50 pm

I was going to say Mary Wandrausch but I think it's the wrong clay.

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Post by hercules brabazon July 22nd 2015, 10:29 pm

Could the base colour be a thin layer of restoration? Surely the sgraffito effect indicates that the body of the jug is basically red clay.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. July 22nd 2015, 10:46 pm

Is it not where the glaze hap pooled - Base is unusually plain?
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Post by r-and-f July 22nd 2015, 11:24 pm

Thanks for your comments.

The clay is light coloured, unglazed and plain as in the photo. There seem to be two layers of slip on the body of the jug - brown underneath with a light tan over, so that the sgraffito cuts through the lighter layer to reveal the darker. Then the whole thing has been covered with a glossy transparent glaze, but leaving the base bare.
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Post by Mordeep July 23rd 2015, 6:37 am

Hi R and F

Not sure it is English. The light clay normally rules out the Devon / Cornwall potters who used mostly the abundant red clay found in the area. That and although the face throws me a bit, the little house I have seem before. It was on the side of some Italian ceramics from the 1930's. Of course they could be copying someone's design but I think it is more than possible it's from that part of the world.
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Post by NaomiM July 23rd 2015, 11:32 am

Yes, I think you're right. Continental. The shape is wrong for the UK.

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Post by dantheman July 23rd 2015, 12:10 pm

the brushwork looks Oriental to me

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Post by lindylou08 July 23rd 2015, 1:20 pm

Looks to me a little like a Trullo house in Apulia, Italy.
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Post by r-and-f July 23rd 2015, 8:44 pm

Thanks to all. I don't think we'll ever get a positive ID on this one.
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