Antique Charles Meigh Bacchanalian Dance / Rubens Stoneware Moulded Jug c1844 (Code 2449)
A mid 19th century moulded stoneware jug in white by Charles Meigh. This jug is known by two names, the most common now being Bacchanalian Dance. This name comes from the first scene (image 1) which is a rendition of Nicholas Poussins' 17th century masterpiece 'Bacchanalian Revel Before a Herm of Pan'. It is quite faithfully reproduced given the limitations of the medium. It was also known in the period of manufacture (c1844-50) as the 'Rubens Jug', after the image on the opposing side which is a rendition of Peter Paul Rubens 'Drunken Silenus' painting (later destroyed in 1945).
The just itself is very well executed and has grapes and leaves around the top and running down the handle. There is a clay pad mark to the base with the makers name and date of Sept 30, 1844.
Very good for period. Some light brown speckling to handle possibly through handling over the decades. Some black spots of kiln dust on the handle grape bunch at the top. Minor firing flaws as you would expect for this period.
Height: 24 cm ( 9 1/2 inch ) including handle
Width: 12 cm ( 4 3/4 inch ) across main body
Weight: 1370 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2449 JN21-6
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