Antique Mochaware Mug Decorated with “Trees”



A Mochaware beer mug (half-pint in size) molded in an elegant shape with a wide band of burnt orange slip decorated with vertical tree-like dendritic designs. The “trees” rise from a horizontal dendritic design to create a “landscape.” Above the scene is a band of contrasting blue slip.

Each piece of Mochaware is unique. Here the intricate “tree” design was formed by using small amounts of an acidic liquid and carefully dropping the black liquid onto the alkaline slip prior to firing. The resultant capillary reaction caused the “tree” pattern. Because the patterns are caused by chemical reaction each forms a unique design.


H 4.5 in. x D 4.25 in. x Dm 3.3 in. at widest point


Excellent with slight toning on the inside and on the bottom of the mug.


Mochaware was first made in England in the late 1700’s 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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