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Post by hercules brabazon February 7th 2016, 1:41 pm

I got  this slipware jug at a charity shop this week, and don't know what to make of it. It seems to be old, not just from the state of the glaze, but from the wear on the handle, which seems to indicate genuine use. Brown, not very red clay, with white slip and yellowish clear glaze, trailed brown slip decoration with a patch of green glaze. Unmarked, 13.5cm tall.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. February 7th 2016, 2:34 pm

Reminds me of Alan Frewin but not quite?

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Post by NaomiM February 7th 2016, 2:47 pm

I think it's Continental. The base isn't typical for British studio potters and the colours are right for French and Eastern European folkware.

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Post by NaomiM February 7th 2016, 2:47 pm

The glaze colours are similar to that on my Afghan bowl.

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Post by hercules brabazon February 7th 2016, 3:03 pm

I've got a couple of pieces by Alan Frewin, and its an interesting comparison. The materials he uses feel much more modern and refined than this. And his decoration is rather more careful. The jug has the air of something made by someone who had a lot to get through that day and wanted to get it done as quickly as possible.

My gut feeling is this dates from before the invention of "studio pottery", although not necessarily by particularly long. I can certainly see some resemblance to the kind of floral patterns used on German folk pottery, but they tend to be neater and more colourful.
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Post by studio-pots February 7th 2016, 3:46 pm

NaomiM wrote:I think it's Continental. The base isn't typical for British studio potters and the colours are right for French and Eastern European folkware.

Just got in and agree with Naomi.

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Post by NaomiM February 7th 2016, 5:45 pm

Would be nice if it were Verwood or N. Devon but my gut says no.

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Post by Mordeep February 8th 2016, 8:36 am

Its got that look you see on everyday pottery from the low countries. The decoration is almost like Quimper but it does not have the white wash coating you see on most of that stuff. It appears a simple functional mug made in the first half of the 20th century. No great quality or value but many a London shabby-chic kitchen owner would love it.
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Post by hercules brabazon February 8th 2016, 12:08 pm

Yes, certainly I'm leaning towards France on this one: most eastern European folk pottery seems to have a more all-over decoration, or at least continuous banding. I found a couple of things said to be late 19th century French which have something of the same feel:

https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/529243393691388815/
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