Staffordshire Jackfield Black Glazed Cow Creamer Gilded Decoration c 1860
A mid 19th century English Staffordshire pottery "Jackfield" or black glazed cow creamer jug with gilded decoration of dots on her body and her eyes outlined in gilding. This cow creamer, milk jug or pitcher is modelled to resemble a cow with an open mouth for the spout. There is a small hole on the back, to fill the container body, that has a small lid cover. The cow's tail is sweeping over the back of her body to form the handle. She is standing on a deep gloss black base and is also modelled with teats from a flat udder, as well as "batwing" ears and horns.
"Jackfield" is the name given to glossy black glazed pottery usually on a red or dark coloured clay body. The term wares originated in the town of Jackfield, a small village on the south bank of the River Severn, in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, England , in mid 18th century between 1740 to 1780. The original earthenware was a thin-walled grey to purplish-black clay, and covered in a glossy black lead glaze. It was also known as jet ware, blackware, or japanned ware, after the Japanese black lacquer pieces. It was also made is in Staffordshire by Thomas Whieldon, William Greatbatch and Josiah Wedgwood who called it "Shining Black". Early pieces tended to be cold painted in a gold colour, with later ones have fired gilding.
The cow creamer is in good antique condition with just a few tiny glaze chips to the bottom of the base, there is a small disguised filled chip to the base rim below her left front leg, her right ear has been re-glued and the lid is not original.
This is a very charming example of a Staffordshire cow creamer and great to add to any collection of decorative, pastoral or animal themed Victorian Staffordshire pottery.
Height 5 1/2 inches ( 14 cm)
Depth 7 inches ( 17.8 cm)
Width 2 7/8 inches ( 7.8 cm)
Weight 426 grammes unpacked
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