BROWNHILL AESTHETIC JUG WITH JAPANESQUE VERTICAL DECORATION IN TURQUOISE
This pitcher became one of the icons of the Aesthetic Movement ceramics, because of the masterly English adaptation of Japanese style and has appeared in a number of books and catalogues. The jug is approx. 8.5” high and 4” diameter. The turquoise figural handle is a branch from which the blossoms extend gracefully. The vertical raised and turquoise painted lines suggest that the jug is slender. The white background has a stippled surface comparable to an orange skin. The jug is in excellent condition, save for a tiny chip to the beak of the jug and some very small losses of turquoise, which was due to the relatively unstable pigment used at that time.
For reference, the image appears on P.136 Of Elizabeth Aslin’s book, The Aesthetic Movement: Prelude to Art Nouveau, Excalibur, 1969. The jug is identified as “Jug in saltglaze stoneware. The design was registered in 1877 and made by Pinder,Bourne & Co. Example from Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Another reference to this form appears on P.70 of The Aesthetic Movement by Charles Spencer, St. Martin’s Academy, 1973. The entry reads: set of jugs, saltlglaze stoneware moulded in relief, by Pinder Bourne & Co, manufacturer. Registered 1877 and Exhibited in the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1978, Private collection. The form of this set is the same. The photo is black and white but the coloration was probably brown for the branches and pink or rose for the blossoms