This is a beautiful milk jug made by Charles Bourne in about 1820, which is known as the Regency period. The jug has a cobalt blue ground with a beautiful gilt pattern and hand painted flowers.

 

This jug has had a repair to the base of its handle and therefore comes As Found (A/F) at a reduced price.

 

Charles Bourne was one of the lesser known factories in 19th Century Staffordshire, but made high quality teaware similar to (and often confused with) that of Coalport, Rigway and others. The factory was in operation between 1807 and 1830.

 

The item is unmarked except the pattern number 675.

 

CONDITION REPORT The jug is in good condition. Like many items of this era it is crazed. There is a professionally done repair at the base of the handle, which can be seen in the pictures as a slightly cream area of the handle. The handle is stable and the jug is safe to use, although it should not be washed in hot water but rather rinsed on the inside with cold water and dried quickly.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS 11cm (4.5") high and 14cm (5.5") wide.

 

Charles Bourne milk jug, cobalt blue with flowers patt. 675, ca 1820 A/F

SKU: A-BOU01
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