Antique Prattware ointment jar with lid. Transferware picture entitled "The Pair" of couple playing cards with pooch at their feet porcelain lid and jar. Rare to find the lid and bottom. There are a few chips and nicks on the inside rims, excellent condition for the age, the white glare is from the lighting and not flaws in the lid artwork, see all pictures as they are part of the description. Very detailed information on the history of F. & R. Pratt & Co. is found with this insert on the website potteryhistories.com
Felix Pratt was the commercial driving force behind the business, the artist was a Jesse Austin who joined Pratt in the early-1840. He was an accomplished watercolour artist and engraver and over nearly 40 years, the business produced over 550 poly chrome prints used to decorate the now well known pot lids. Pratt’s first under-glaze, polychrome pot lid was made in 1847 and was a scene ‘Grace before Meals’. Austin’s subject included royalty, famous people, city scenes – there are eleven views of London – and this portrayal of the life and times of Victorian England is one of the reasons for the lid’s popularity today. Austin also made minature watercolour copies of famous paintings and these too appear on pot lids and Prattware.
The measurements for this ointment jar are 1 3/4 inches tall and 4 inches wide. This is an excellent antique gift and perfect for a collector of antique Prattware Pot Lids and Jars.
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