A Verwood Jug, Dorset, England, Late 19th Century


Here we have a wonderful jug from the Verwood Potteries which manufactured continuously from the Medieval Period until the 1950s supplying superbly made utilitarian wares to the local markets.

This jug, which is a particularly fine example, demonstrates the potter’s art and skills and the ‘kisses’ and ‘shadows’ of all the other pots packed tightly together that surrounded and touched it in the kiln.

Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew adored the Verwood pots for their fine generous shapes made with humility and skill, along with their simple nobility of form which evolved over centuries. These marvellous pots are now considered to be among the finest of all folk art pottery.

The fuel for the kilns was obtained from the largely unenclosed heathlands which formed many thousands of acres around this area of Dorset. The water came from the numerous surrounding springs and small streams which also flowed through this district and into the rivers Avon and Stour. The situation also allowed immediate access to the busy markets of Salisbury, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and Wimborne.

This delightful jug is displaying just a few of the magnificent Old Roses that we planted many years ago: Mdme. Isaac Periere, Louise Odier, Zephirine Drouhin, Rosa Mundi, Gallica Officianalis (The Apothecary’s Rose), Rambling Rector and Belle De Crecy.

Late 19th century

7’’ H x 6.5’’ W    (O/A including handle)

In very good condition, with only minor wear and a couple of almost imperceptible rim flakes commensurate with age and use.

£125    $158-USD

Ref Number: 426003A
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