Antique Mochaware Pitcher Decorated with Bands of Powder Blue and Green Slip



A large antique mochaware pitcher made in England circa 1830 colored with bands of powder blue and olive green slip with an offset decoration of a flower in white slip.

In “Mocha and Related Dipped Wares, 1770-1939” Jonathan Rickard describes offset design on mochaware as follows: “Another fanciful appearance resulted from a distinctly different decorating technique, one involving the stamping or offsetting of a design… in slip. These particular designs are rarely found…”

On this pitcher the offset flower design is dipped in white slip, and then applied by the artist to the surface of the pitcher. Each offset flower is similar but with the expected slight variations that we find in hand dipped offset mochaware. The handle of this pitcher has lovely acanthus leaf terminals.

This pitcher with its rare offset decoration would be a great addition to any collection of mochaware.


H 7 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 8.5 in.


Excellent with an original firing line in an interior corner of the spout (see image #4).




Mochaware was first made in England in the late 1700s and continued to be produced in the first half of the 19th century. A great deal of English Mochaware was exported to early America where it was everyday pottery. The simple, geometric decorations and dynamic colors have remained timeless and popular.

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