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Goat and bee jug

Photo: Paul Macapia

Goat and bee jug

ca. 1745-49

Goat and bee jugs represent some of the earliest productions of Chelsea, the first established English porcelain manufactory. These jugs have always been admired. The thin, fragile legs of the bees have survived intact for over 250 years, indicating that enormous care was taken to preserve these two jugs.
Soft paste porcelain
4 in. (10.2 cm), height
Gift of Martha and Henry Isaacson
Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Henry and Martha Isaacson, unknown purchase date until December 1969; gift from Mr and Mrs Henry and Martha Isaacson to Seattle Art Museum, Washington, 1969
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe", February 17, 2000-May 7, 2000

San Francisco, California, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, “Uncommon Clay – The English Pottery Prior to the Industrial Revolution”, 1972-3.
Published ReferencesEmerson, Julie, Jennifer Chen, & Mimi Gardner Gates, "Porcelain Stories, From China to Europe", Seattle Art Museum, 2000, pg. 218

MacKenna, F. Severne. Chelsea Porcelain: The Triangle and Raised Anchor Wares. pp. 22-23, pl. 6, fig. 14, pp. 78-79, figs. 1, 14

Savage, George. 18th Century English Porcelain. London: Rockliff, 1958, pp. 191-192, pl. 9c; 18th Century English Porcelain. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Ceramics Society, 1956, p. 42, #55, p. 11, #55

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