Extremely Rare 1820s RIDGWAY GRIFFIN and Mask Head Jug or Pitcher. Lilac Ground with Applied White Sprigware Decoration
Extremely Rare 1820s RIDGWAY GRIFFIN and Mask Head Jug or Pitcher. Lilac Ground with Applied White Sprigware Decoration
Extremely Rare 1820s RIDGWAY GRIFFIN and Mask Head Jug or Pitcher. Lilac Ground with Applied White Sprigware Decoration
Extremely Rare 1820s RIDGWAY GRIFFIN and Mask Head Jug or Pitcher. Lilac Ground with Applied White Sprigware Decoration
Extremely Rare 1820s RIDGWAY GRIFFIN and Mask Head Jug or Pitcher. Lilac Ground with Applied White Sprigware Decoration
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Extremely Rare 1820s RIDGWAY GRIFFIN and Mask Head Jug or Pitcher. Lilac Ground with Applied White Sprigware Decoration

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£625.00
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This is an extremely rare piece of British pottery - which dates to the Regency Period c 1820s.

It is so rare that I cant even find one in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Collection in London.

It is also a rather large size.

It is unmarked but it is made by Ridgway - and is called a Griffin pattern jug.

The lilac colour is particularly attractive, and the sprigware and lilac ground are glazed with a clear glaze.

As you can see from my photographs - it is a really beautiful piece of antique ceramics.

The decoration on the jug or pitcher features winged Griffins and tiny playful winged putti on each side - and has a fantastic beautifully modelled mask head spout.

There is a classical urn on the front below the mask.

There are scrolling acanthus leaves on the main decorative frieze. Above, is a shallow frieze of applied sprigware fruiting vines.

The handle is a most delicate and beautiful one with feathered pattern along the whole length and with shell motifs top and bottom - sadly the only damage to this piece is to the base of the handle which has a hairline running across the base of the handle - where it meets the body of the jug - this makes the hairline very secure and there is certainly no movement on it. I have photographed this for your inspection.

There is a couple of tiny firing cracks made in the firing of the pot itself - very minor but not obvious or distracting. Not damage - but flaws in the making.

More images can be supplied for serious interest.

It is clean inside - nice and shiny white with no staining or discolouration - no crazing to the glaze and no losses to the sprigware decorations.

Also a very nice large size: measuring from handle to spout just over 9 inches. The overall height is 6 3/4 inches.

It is a heavy piece - weighing 1.1 kg unpacked.

These Ridgway Griffin jugs are very difficult to source - and this is really very much of a museum piece.

This is reflected in my asking price.

Please also see my matching mug which is also listed on my site.