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