Delftware milk jug

Mid 18th century
17 x 12 x 7 cm

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Delftware milk jug


Delft, mid-18th century.


The drinking monkey, sitting on a rock, is a pouring jug.

To fill the jug under the hat there is an hidden opening.

The cup, from which the monkey drinks, serves as a spout.

On the shield on his stomach a verse

rees met fijn-naekte bille,

 geeft melk aan die je hebbe wille”

(lift of my fine bare buttocks and I give milk who want it)

with the date 1752,

The verse tells in a funny way the use of the jug.

Pitchers in the shape of animals have a long tradition.

These Delft monkeys were inspired by similar porcelain jugs from China, from the KangXi period (1662-1722),

which are back in time  to jugs from the Tang period (618-907).

No restorations and with original lid.

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