- Object Name: mug
- Accession Number: 2009.7.1
- Date: 18th century
- Date: 18th Century
- Description: Tankard moulded with vertical flutes, and a double loop handle. The central reserve has a moulded border of 'bough' form, and is decorated in over-glaze enamels with an exotic bird perched on a fence alongside a rock from which flowers in polychrome colours appear to spring. The reserve is flanked by two large groups of flowers and small sprigs painted over the moulding. Three flower sprays, evenly spaced, lie below the rim. It is made of soft paste porcelain. It is unmarked.
The mug has a moulded border form and is decorated with the pattern of an exotic bird perched on a fence alongside a rock from which flowers spring. The "bird and fence" pattern appears to be relatively common on West Pans Porcelain.
This moulded Mug or Tankard was almost certainly made in West Pans. The village of West Pans lies 1¼ miles East North East of Musselburgh, encompassing the rocky foreshore and Saltpans from which the name is derived.
It is likely to have been made by the potter William Littler. Littler was working in West Pans in the 1760s. William Littler, was considered the pioneer potter of West Pans during this period.
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