Two Mochaware Pint Mugs Made England, Circa 1870-1880


These two mochaware mugs were made to hold a pint of beer or lager. One mug has “Pint” on the front (see image #3). They were made in England circa 1870-1880. The colors are soft. The attractive design follows a pattern for English mochaware made for export to the European continent. Around or near the top of each mug is a band of medium blue slip. Below are thin bands of midnight brown slip and then a broad band of colored slip of either moss green or dark beige brown. This single wide band is sparsely decorated with mocha ‘Trees”. The elegant spacing of the mochaware “Trees” adds to the beauty of these mugs.

Dimensions: the mug with the green band is 5″ tall x 3.5″ in diameter and the mug with the beige/brown band is 5.15 tall x 3.4″ in diameter

Condition: Excellent

Price: $1,780 for the two mugs

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In his book Mocha and related dipped wares, 1770-1939, Jonathan Rickard states, “The most recognizable type of mocha decoration is the tree.” The tree-like pattern results from a dynamic process in which the contact line between two liquids, the acidic dark brown coloring and the alkaline slip becomes unstable. The acid/base chemical reaction drives the instability. Rickard explains the process: Instead of leaving the pot on the lathe, the turner removed the pot and carefully held it bottom-up. Then he dipped his brush into the dark brown acidic concoction and touched the brush just outside the bottom edge of the broadest slip band. After that, the brown coloring ran quickly downwards while spreading its branches”.

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