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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 399

    A RARE EUROPEAN SUBJECT CIDER-JUG AND COVER

    CIRCA 1790

    Price Realised  

    A RARE EUROPEAN SUBJECT CIDER-JUG AND COVER
    CIRCA 1790
    Of barrel form with iron-red Buddhistic lion finial and entwined reeded double-strap handle, painted to one side with Toby Philpot displaying a less than toothy grin, seated and holding a frothy jug of ale in one hand and displaying a page of lyrics reading DEAR TOM THIS BROWN JUG WHICH NOW FOAMS WITH MILD ALE OUT OF, the other side with a laden table
    10¼ in. (25.9 cm.) high


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    The besotted character of Toby Philpot ('fill pot') is better known as the basis for Staffordshire Toby Jugs and as the ale loving soldier in the 1761 song Dear Tom, This Brown Jug. For another example lacking its cover, see anon. sale, Christie's, London, 1 November 1982, lot 179.

    Provenance

    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 1985, lot 216


    Literature

    M. Beurdeley, op. cit., p. 164, cat. 68


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum, 1981-82