Brown, salt-glazed stoneware mug having a globular, double-walled body pierced with floral sprays; a reeded, cylindrical neck; and an extruded, ribbed handle, all covered with an iron slip that creates a rich, lustrous brown surface.
This mug was probably made by John Morley of Nottingham, England; his trade card shows a similar mug (which incidentally was described as "A Carved Jug") as well as several other pierced, double-walled vessels.
Morley was probably inspired by seventeenth-century Chinese porcelain with openwork carving, known as "linglong," or "devil's work," because of the skill involved in its manufacture. Such pieces were collected as exotica and as examples of Chinese skill, and inspired several generations of European potters.
The mug was made by throwing double-walled vessel during a single session on the wheel (as opposed to making two vessels separately and joining them together). The piece was then allowed to dry, and when leather-hard, the floral design was cut out of the outer wall with a sharp knife. The piece was then dipped in an iron slip, and fired.
|Year Range from||1700|
|Year Range to||1705|
|Place of Origin||Made in Nottingham, England|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|