London, South Kensington
12 December 2002
A North Devon slipware jug
Late 18th century
The neck inscribed Tho. Loveband Esq. Bishymton below a band of vertical hatching, the globular body incised with Ensign flags issuing from a bouquet with a rose, a thistle and shamrocks in a brown cartouche, one side with a panel of oak leaves, the other with a bird perched among branches, the loop handle with a scroll terminal above a panel inscribed When i was in my native place (?) I was lump of clay dug'd was I out of the earth and then was Brought a way and now I a jug became by Potters, heart (?) and skill between the finger and the thumb was made upon the wail (?) (spout restuck, rim chip near handle, crack around part of body, chipping to footrim)
10 in. (25.5 cm.) high
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Thomas Loveband (1768-1817) married Sarah Toms (d. 1804) in 1797 and lived in the Parsonage at Bishopsnympton, Devon.
See G. Godden, British Pottery (London, 1974), col. pl. 1 for a similar example incised with a view of Sandford Church.
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