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Earthenware slip decorated spirit barrel with a seated and inebriated sailor clutching a bottle and tankard late 18th century

Reference: 9097

Dated: c. 1790 to c. 1800 Europe

An earthenware lead-glazed slipware decorated spirit barrel with a figure of a drunken male sailor modeled astride the barrel and clutching a bottle and a tankard. The piece is decorated with a slip application to the hands, mouth, tunic, and cap of the figure and the front of the barrel with the word BACU (this probably relating to Bacchus). The piece has a comical grotesqueness and is exceptionally rare and possibly a "one-off".

Dimensions: 8.50 inch wide 9.50 inch high 7.50 inch deep

Medium: slipware slip earthenware pottery ceramic

Current Condition No restoration with some loss of slip decoration at two flower heads on the top of the barrel.

Provenance: Formerly in a private museum of oddities.

Price: gbp 2850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3742.05 (US Dollars)



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