A polychrome Brussels faience commemorative 'musical design' jug, 19th C.

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H.: 19 cm

This is one of the rarest known pieces of Brussels faience, bearing the names of seven composers around a violin in the central medallion. Five names are inscribed in the medallion on one side, two of which are part of the Stevens family of potters. A mug with a nearly identical design is in the collection of a direct offspring of Héliodore Stevens, one of the principal 19th C. Brussels faience painters.

Ref.: Paul Vosters Jaquet, Brusselse Faience 1783-1866, p. 297-301, where it is attributed to Héliodore Stevens and dated between 1837 and 1840.