Westerwald stoneware jug makes thousands

A rare Westerwald stoneware royal jug has sold for more than twenty times its estimate in a recent sale at Essex auction house Reeman Dansie.

The Rare Westerwald stoneware Royal jug

The 17th-century beer jug is dated 1691 and carries the Dutch inscription ‘In our garden bloom oranges and roses’, which is a reference to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when the Catholic King James II was overthrown and replaced by his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William of Orange.

The 20cm high jug also has a roundel containing portraits of William and Mary. It is decorated on a manganese ground with sinuous foliate patterns highlighted in blue.

The royal portraits on the rare Westerwald stoneware Royal jug
Portraits of William and Anne on the Westerwald stoneware jug

It sold for £6,000, against an estimate of £200 to £300 in the auction house’s recent Antiques and Art sale.

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