Early Mochaware Pitcher Cut Through the Colored Slip Made in England, circa 1800
Made in England circa 1800, this large and exquisite mochaware pitcher is decorated with 16 bands of blue and brown colored slip. Ten of these bands are cut through vertically and horizontally, forming a design of squares and rectangles. The technique of cutting through the slip both up, down, and sideways is exceptionally rare on mochaware. The result is a bold geometric design. The handle has crisp acanthus leaf terminals. The managers of mochaware factories often only specified the style of the work but gave each turner some freedom regarding the choice of design and colors. With rare exceptions, each piece of mochaware is unique.
Dimensions: 8″ tall x diameter 4.75″
Condition: Excellent. The underside has a very faint, thin Y-shaped hairline that does not go through to the inside of the pitcher. The line can be seen on the bottom left side of image #8.