This is a very fine Dr. Wall Worcester sparrow beak cream jug, dating from the 1765-1768 period. The pattern features brightly painted pomegranates in various stages of development. There is only one other example of this pattern recorded: a coffee cup that was theorized to have been made as a replacement for a Chinese teaset, and was offered in one of the Zorensky sales. Not only is the subject matter unusual, but the use of matte black enamel (to emphasize the ground) is very rare, as it virtually always misfired or flaked, as it has done here in areas.
This charming jug is 3 3/4 " tall, and aside from the black area, and a few small spots of green on a couple of leaves, is in superb condition, with no chips, cracks, or restoration. Even the delicate, grooved handle is pristine.
A superb addition to any collection of Worcester or 18th century ceramics.