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Devon pottery slipware cider jug scrafitto and leaf decoration circa 1840 George Fishley of Fremington

Reference: 7329

Dated: 1835 to c. 1840 Fremington Devon England

Slip glaze earthenware cider pitcher with fern and leaf decoration and inscriptions in scraffito of a poem, the names Charles Davy May 8th and the name of the affectionate brother James Baker who commissioned the piece for Charles as a gift. The leaf decoration was achieved by pressing fresh leaves into the still damp body, the pitcher would then be coated in a contrasting colour slip resulting in the pattern in resist after the leaves were burnt away during the firing process. This technique was introduced at the Fishleys Pottery by George Fishley ( 1770-1865).
The double scroll on the handle is very striking and an unusual feature on this ware.

Dimensions: 8.25 inch wide 9.75 inch high 7.00 inch deep

Medium: earthenware slipware pottery ceramic

Current Condition Some loss and minor replacement of glaze.

Provenance: The Synge-Craven Collection of Regional slipware

Literature: The Fishleys of Fremington, A devon slipwarew tradition by John Edgeler.


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