Malling jug

English (London)
1550–51
Marked by Crowned cross moline


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.); Diameter (of base) 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.); W. 11.9 cm (4 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.475

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware with silver-gilt mounts

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The body of the jug is a light gray earthenware. The bulbous body rises to a short neck, with a C-shaped handle joining the shoulder. The mottled glaze ranges in color from a medium to a dark cobalt with traces of manganese near the handle. There are numerous chips and flaws in the glaze. The silver foot rim is decorated with a stamped wire. The silver collar has a large stamped decoration in a cross pattern. The cover has a reeded flange with decorative punching. It is attached to the handle by a hinged strap, which has worn away much of the glaze from the handle. There is a high open hinge with a thumbpiece formed of twisted fruits and foliage. The slightly domed cover is engraved with an interlacing pattern of serpents, strapwork, and bunches of fruit and foliage suspended from the strapwork. At the center is a baluster finial. The jug is wheel thrown from a light, finely grained earthenware, and glazed with a thick, opaque tin glaze that is cobalt in color with flecks of manganese. The interior has an opaque white glaze. The silver cover is raised and engraved and has an applied wire rim. The seamed collar on the pottery is die-stamped. The foot rim is also formed of several pieces of stamped wire. The finial and thumbpiece are cast. The cover has been extensively repaired, especially around the top rim. The gilding has been renewed.

Inscription

Armorials: engraved on inside cover, the arms of Powlett, Dukes of Bolton

Markings

On top of cover, maker's mark crowned cross moline (Jackson, 1921, p. 96; rev. ed. 1989, p. 92); date letter N; lion passant; on foot, underside of hinge, and hinge near thumbpiece, French import mark used after 1738, boar's head in a triangle

Provenance

By 1902, Montagu Samuel, 1st Baron Swaythling (b. 1832 - d. 1911), London; May 6-7, 1924, posthumous Swaythling sale, Christie's, London, lot 109, sold for 560 gn. 1944, William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York; July 28, 1944, sold by Hearst to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N6019); April 22, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 452, to the MFA for $1200. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour