Who made this jug?
An Ipswich reader is in possession of this small jug. She tells me it was bought from antique shop some 30 years ago. She adds that the base of the jug feels quite rough and that it has no maker’s mark beneath. Well, that is not a lot to go with in the way of identification.
Although the photo of the jug is not entirely clear, it would seem that the moulded design is of bewigged musicians holding antique musical instruments – say from the time of Mozart (1756-1791). I do not think the jug dates from this period. Much more likely is that it was produced in the Victorian period. The shape would indicate this. It also looks as if the blanc de chine (French for ‘white from China’) body of the jug is of nice quality with sharp relief mouldings. So, we have an English white glazed moulded jug of circa 1860-1880 – but who could have made it? There are a few well known makers such as Minton, Ridgeways, CopelandSpode and even Wedgwood that are ‘in the frame’, but I think any of these would have applied an incised or painted maker’s mark to the base. Therefore, it is safe to conclude it is by one of the lesser Staffordshire makers of the period, who number several hundred in total. It would have a small auction value of around £15-£20.