PORCELAIN BLUE AND WHITE MASK JUGWITH
THE PARROT PECKING FRUIT PATTERN BFS II.B.23 1770-1785
attractive Worcester porcelain cabbage moulded mask jug printed in
underglaze blue with
the Parrot Pecking Fruit
pattern (second version). This pattern is
usually found on mugs and is quite rare on mask jugs which include
additional subsidiary printed decoration only found on larger pieces.
Note the moth like flying insect and sprays of currants, goosberries, a
cherry and a marrow. They are simply fabulous examples of blue and
white underglaze transferware." Antiques Expert
The Parrot Pecking Fruit print is based on an earlier simpler overglaze
example by Robert Hancock taken from The Ladies'
Amusement. The subsidiary sprays on this example are
probably also taken from this source.
height 175 mm max.
Worcester hatched crescent mark as illustrated
In good general attractive display condition for such a large early
piece. There has been some old professional restoration
before we obtained it. A faint hairline running down one side of the
jug has been oversprayed on the inside to hold and disguise which is
fairly typical on many of these jugs. This can been seen as a cream-
yellowed area on the inside from the neck. To the outside the hairline
is quite difficult to spot and there is no significant discolouration
so the effected side displays well. Still a good display and reference
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