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The reddish brown pottery jug has a bulbous body, a tall neck, and a C-shaped handle. The broad silver-gilt mount on the neck is engraved with interlacing strapwork enclosing foliage. It is joined to the handle by a hinged mount supporting a box hinge. The domed cover has a flat rim and is...

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On edge of neck, on cover, and on foot rim, date letter M; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; maker's mark WC above a grasshopper (Jackson, 1921, p. 103; rev. ed. 1989, p. 95).


J. Toovey, Esq. By 1862 (?), by descent to Charles James Toovey, Esq., London. February 9, 1926, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, lot 117, sold; Until 1949, with Spink & Son, Canada; 1949, sold by Spink & Son to the MFA for $675. (Accession Date: September 15, 1949)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1569–70

Object Place

London, England


H. 23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.); W. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.); Diameter (of base) 10.6 cm (4 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Salt-glazed stoneware (Frechen [near Cologne], about 1560–90) with silver-gilt mounts