|Puzzle jug, 5 inches high by 4 inches in diameter|
|Close-up of the puzzle jug pattern|
The pattern of a boy playing a pipe and a shepherd boy with his sheep was familiar to me. It appears on the small puzzle jug* above, and it also appears on George Phillips (1834-1847) "Pastoral Scene" pattern (seen below). However, I wondered about the boy with the birdcage, who takes the place of the shepherdess found on the plate. After a bit of sleuthing on Google and The Transferware Collectors Club Pattern And Source Print Database, I found the source for both the "Pastoral Scene" pattern and the boy holding the birdcage. I also found a waste bowl printed with a pattern that includes the boy holding the birdcage. Both patterns were copied from the paintings of Henry Singleton (1766-1839).
|Edward & George Phillips (1822-1834) "Pastoral Scene" 10 inch plate/notice that the shepherdess has been replaced on the puzzle jug above by the boy holding the birdcage.|
|Edward & George Phillips (1822-1834) waste bowl/notice the boy holding the birdcage.|
|Henry Singleton "The Rustic Minstrel"|
|Henry Singleton "Innocent Captivation"|
I am not sure why the potters removed the shepherdess from the puzzle jug and replaced her with the boy holding the birdcage. At least they copied from the same artist! I am also not sure who made the puzzle jug. Perhaps one of you will know.
*Read about puzzle jugs in my blog post titled "Puzzle Jugs."