We are grateful to Patricia Reed for providing us with the catalogue entry for this and the following lots by Sir William Nicholson:
The Scottish collector, Arthur Kay (1861-1939) was one of the first important collectors to patronise Nicholson with the purchase in circa 1906 of the portrait of J.M. Barrie (Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh). Kay, whose family business was storage facilities, was an omnivorous collector and the leading light in the Scottish Modern Arts Association. For him the quest, the discovery, and the identification, rather than the possession of an object, provided the excitement of collecting as his reminiscences, Treasure Trove in Art (1939) make clear. Here he also makes reference to his friendship with Nicholson.
The 'trailed' jug, so-called because threads of molten glass are applied to the surface, was from Kay's own collection that included over two thousand pieces of English table glass.