German Delft Mug with Lid
This beautiful mug, produced in Germany in the early 19th century, is reminiscent of Chinese porcelain in its use of the blue and white colour scheme. The motifs however, are reminiscent of the French Rococo, a style that had been influential in the production of German pottery in the 18th century. The pewter hinge, for example, recalls the shape of seashells, common in the Rococo. The Rococo aesthetic also featured designs inspired by nature and curvilinear patterns; the lid of the mug contains a symmetrical pattern of painted flowers and c-scrolls, framed by a border of oval flower petals along the bevelled edge. The rim of the lid is marked by another row of petal-like shapes, this time with pointed tips. The body of the mug features two vignettes, separated by more floral motifs, painted in a columnar form. One vignette depicts a scene along the edge of the water, with sailboats gently floating in front of a faint mountainous landscape. The other vignette depicts a romantic courting scene in which two figures are seen hunting together. The left figure, who delicately balances on the tip of his toes, points to the ground at the feet of the right figure; the latter looks towards him while pointing to the sky. Beneath these scenes, bands of scrolls and flower petals accentuate the stepped base, as is often seen on German drink ware. "R. S. 251" is painted on the bottom of the tankard. This aesthetically and culturally rich mug is sure to be an excellent talking point.