A beautiful and elegant Dr. Wall First Period Worcester tankard, or mug, painted with the "Walk in the Garden" pattern, showing a "Long Eliza" figure holding a basket and a ruyi sceptre, the boy at her side with a speared bird, and birds in the branches of a fine tree on the reverse. The inside of the footrim has a workman's mark which appears to be IH or JH.
The mug is of quite a goodly size, being 4 3/4" in height. The condition is remarkable, looking factory fresh with crisp painting and no running (the photos came out a little blurred, with the mug being much better in person), and no chips, cracks, scratches, or restoration. There is a very small bit of kiln spitting at the footrim, shown in the fourth photo, this being of no import and mentioned only in the interests of full disclosure and being obsessive about describing condition. A similar, though larger example sold in 2010 for $5,600 at Bonham's.
Provenance: This mug was part of the Frank and Harriet Burnap Collection of English Pottery and Porcelain, comprising more than 1,300 examples of slipware, delftware and stoneware, and being the most important collection of pre-industrial British pottery outside Britain. The collection, in part, was gifted to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, in the early 1950s.