London, South Kensington
26 February 2013
A STAFFORDSHIRE CREAMWARE 'MIDSHIPMAN' TOBY JUG
Modelled as a toper soldier seated on a chest, brandishing a sword in his right hand and cup in his left, his brown hair incised and tied en queue with a white rosette, his frock-coat and breeches decorated in shades of brown and yellow
6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) high
The Lord Mackintosh of Halifax collection, No. 94
The J.A. Turner Collection
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Sir Harold Mackintosh, Bt., Early English Figure Pottery, A Collection of Ralph Wood and Contemporary Pottery, (London, 1938), p. 42, illustrated p. 39.
For a brief discussion of the Midshipman family of Toby jugs, see Vic Schuler British Toby Jugs, (London, 1986) pp. 7-10.
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These five Toby jugs were once part of the extensive collection of Ralph Wood type pottery assembled in the last century by Sir Harold Mackintosh Bt. Much of his collection was sold at Sotheby's London in 1967, however these examples were never offered.
Jugs of this type were once catalogued as 'Astbury Type', but are now known to date to later in the 18th century. Also known as 'Midshipmites' or 'Midshipmates' these are the very rarest and earliest forms of Toby; the family also includes Drummers and Tailors.
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