Jug with bridge spout

English (London)
about 1580
Marked by Fleur-de-lys incuse

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 25.1 cm (9 7/8 in.); W. 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.); Diameter (of base) 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Salt-glazed stoneware (Raeren, about 1570) with silver mounts

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The pottery jug has a bulbous body, a tall neck, a C-shaped handle, and a tall straight spout that is joined to the top of the neck by a “bridge” in the shape of an arm. It is decorated around the rim with a band of busts in low relief, and, on each side of the body of the pot, with the arms of Cologne in elaborate mantling. At the base of the spout is a silver collar engraved with foliage. The molded silver foot rim is attached with a serrated bezel. The broad seamed collar around the neck of the jug is engraved with birds entwined in foliage. It is attached to the handle of the jug with a box hinge that has an engraved diaper pattern on three sides. The domed cover, engraved with birds in foliage, has a plain rim and a circular boss with an engraved coat of arms (formerly enameled) applied to the center. Only the base of the thumbpiece remains. The jug was wheel thrown from a pale gray stoneware and salt glazed; the decoration was incised and molded. The pottery “bridge” to the spout has been broken and repaired. The silver foot rim is formed of three drawn wires. The silver collar is formed of two seamed pieces and is engraved on the exterior. The raised and engraved cover has an applied wire bezel. The central boss is set within an applied molded wire. Traces of black and red enamel are left in the engraved fields. The box hinge is formed of three pieces. The cast thumbpiece has been broken off.


Armorials: In boss on cover (enamel largely missing), arms of Wyatt quartering Wyatt, Balife alias Clark, Hawte, and Sheluing for George Wyatt of Hautbourne, Kent (d. 1623); in relief on stoneware, the arms of Cologne

Inscriptions: Scratched on underside of foot rim, vii oz


On cover, maker's mark fleur-de-lis incuse (similar to Jackson, 1921, p. 104; rev. ed. 1989, p. 95)


Sir Andrew Noble, John Noble, and Michael Noble, sold Christie, Manson & Woods, London, March 28, 1962, lot 128B; Sotheby & Co., London, October 25, 1962, lot 14 [Garrard & Co., London], purchased by the MFA for £630. (Accession date: December 12, 1962)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour