|Four inch transfer printed jug with a sponged blue and red border. The rabbits on one side and a Spanish pointer on the other side are part of hunting scenes.|
I recognized that the rabbits were copied from a source print by Julius Caesar Ibbetson found in "The Cabinet of Quadrupeds" by John Church, which was first printed in 1805.
|"Rabbits" by Julius Caesar Ibbetson from "The Cabinet of Quadrupeds" by John Church.|
|Close-up of the rabbits on the jug. Notice that only two of the rabbits were used from the source print. Also notice the cartoonish rendering of the rabbits.|
The rabbits also appear on several items in the database of the Transferware Collectors Club.
|Spode "557" Two Rabbits pattern mug. Notice that only two rabbits were used from the source print.|
|The other side of the jug shows a Spanish Pointer ensconced in a hunting scene.|
The other side of the jug shows a Spanish Pointer, which was copied from "A General History of Quadrupeds" by Thomas Bewick, which was first printed in 1790.
|"Spanish Pointer" from "A General History of Quadrupeds" by Thomas Bewick.|
|A Close-up of the Spanish Pointer on the jug. Again, the pointer is a cartoonish copy of the original source print.|
The Spanish Pointer was copied by other manufacturers.
|Wedgwood (1759-2005) coffee can or mug, ca. 1820., with an example of a Spanish pointer. The word "Wedgwood" is impressed on the bottom of the mug.|
|Spanish Pointer, maker unknown on a saucer, ca. 1825.|
I wondered why the dog wasn't an English pointer, but Bewick says the Spanish pointer was easier to train.
As I have said, it is a pleasure when I connect a source print with a transfer print. Let me know if you can think of other examples.