Today we are happy to offer this beautiful rare-form antique mochaware small pitcher, featuring organic seaweed-like designs. Mochaware is a beautiful type of utilitarian earthenware which in addition to colored slip bands on white and buff-colored bodies, is adorned with dendritic (tree-like or branching) markings resembling the natural geological markings on moss agate, known as “mocha stone” in Great Britain in the late 18th century. The stone was imported from Arabia through the port of Mocha (al Mukha in Yemen) from whence came large supplies of coffee. An unknown potter discovered that by dripping a colored acidic solution into wet alkaline slip on a pot body, the color would instantly ramify into the dendritic (tree-like or branching) random markings. This fitted into the tradition of imitating geological surfaces prevalent in the potteries of the mid-19th Century.
This nicely-shaped small jug/pitcher has a buff colored body and there are bands of cream – the central one having the attractive blue-colored seaweed like decoration against a off white background. There are also black bands around the body. It is a very handsome and actually quite modern piece design-wise; its’ beauty is in its’ simplicity. In good antique condition, with very minimal wear and only minor defects. There is a common faint stable firing fracture on one side, and a very small chip on the lip of the spout, neither of which detract from it’s beauty while on display. This mochaware jug displays well and would make a great addition to any fine collection of this most attractive type of pottery. Fresh to the market, this is a piece not to be missed!
Dimensions: 5″ in height, 5 7/8″ in length, 4″ in depth
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