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Worcester Porcelain Factory
English, born established 1751

Mask Jug of Cabbage Leaf Molded Form

about 1770

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Northern Europe, English, Worcestershire
8 in. x 6 1/2 in. x Diam: 5 in. (20.32 cm x 16.51 cm x 12.7 cm)
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Accession Number: 1990.0009.0003

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lucien Loeb

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This jug is molded in low relief in the form of overlapping cabbage leaves and has a mask spout. The background decoration, known as blue scale, is unique to Worcester and was employed on many of the finer commissioned pieces. Worcester was famous for its colored grounds, especially its under-glaze blue. Certain colors like blue were elaborated with further ornamentation called "scale pattern," a motif that enlivens the surface while retaining the broad effect of the colored ground. The overlapping pattern, painted in a deeper shade over the first application of color, suggests fish scales—hence the name—overlapping bird feathers, the tiles of a roof or ocean waves.

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