Black basalt jug decorated with encaustic painting derived from the Greek "oenochoe" form with a band of red around the foot and detailing the handle, the body decorated with on one side the image of a classical figure holding a mirror aloft and on the other a classical figure in movement holding a wreath, both are making offerings and are derived from a scene of the god Castor in a temple, above the figures at the shoulder is a band of anthemion and tear drop motifs below a band of floral elements, midway on the neck is a band of beading and the lip of the jug is decorated with an egg and dart pattern, the curved, molded handle terminates in a molded mask, perhaps Castor's brother Pollux, wearing a swan headdress above a foliate sprig.

Jug

Wedgwood

1780-1790