Rare early Lowestoft jug
This small, early jug dates to 1762-64 and has a characteristic twig handle. The embossed decoration includes three cartouches and the jug bears the decorator's mark 5 (for the factory's renowned decorator Robert Allen). The varied hand-painted pattern includes oriental fishermen and a spindly bug, with interior flowers. A rare piece. There are two hairline cracks (one very short) and also some phosphatic spotting.