Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Animals

Date: 1754-1756


  • Height: 6.00 in (15.24 cm)

Maker: Worcester

Worker's Mark:


The black printing of birds on this early Worcester mug is of a type known as "smoky primitive" due to its somewhat uncertain character.  Printing of this class represents the earliest to be found on Worcester porcelain. It has been suggested that at least some of this class of printing may have been carried out in Birmingham, rather than at the Worcester factory.  Some examples are enhanced with painting in colored enamels. These have a typical Worcester appearance in the palette and the painted borders employed.  The mug itself is of a type called "scratch cross", as many pieces, like this example, are marked with an incised cross.

The two designs of exotic and other birds seen on this mug form part of an engraving seen in the Ladies Amusement and signed "R Hancock Sculp".  This is consistent with the view that Robert Hancock supplied the copper plates used to decorate this Worcester mug.