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Dated 1647, this important English Delftware marriage jug has Dutch links and is expected to achieve between £8,000 - £12,000 at auction.

Staffordshire find of 17th Century jug a real rarity

Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones is celebrating the fact that it will be selling a truly rare antique during its September 10th Fine Art sale. An important English Delft marriage jug, dated 1647, has been commissioned for sale by a local vendor. While the age of this jug makes its survival remarkable, the story of how it came to be in Staffordshire is one that will probably remain shrouded in mystery.

During the period, such jugs were often gifted to commemorate the weddings in the families of wealthy London merchants. Highly collectable, this piece carries the emblem of a Dutch merchant, giving it links to the era’s strong Dutch mercantile tradition, during which Amsterdam held great wealth and power over international trade. It is believed that Delftware production in England, particularly London, began as increasing numbers of Dutch merchants taking a London base.

The striking blue and white jug, which is of conventional form with loop handle, is believed to have originated in Southwark. Beneath the merchant’s emblem is a central heart shaped cartouche with shaded detail which bears the initials ‘A and S M’ split by two arrows. It carries an estimate of between £8,000 & £12,000. With live internet bidding, commission bids and telephone bidding options available, the Cuttlestones’ team anticipates the piece to draw strong interest from both UK and International collectors.

Further details on this fascinating piece, and the many other exciting items set to come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Friday, 10th September Fine Art & Antiques auction, will be unveiled at www.cuttlestones.co.uk in due course. For further details, call 01785 714905 or email office@cuttlestones.co.uk.


Charlotte at Squash PR & Marketing

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