This is one of several Pratt by Fenton "Old Greek" porcelain pieces we have, and it is in mint condition. The Classical Greek Revival style was a huge aesthetic movement in the 19th century, favored for it's classical mythology motifs and the clean lines in the decoration. It started gaining favor in the early 1800's, particularly around the 1820's in architecture and the decorative arts.
By the late 1800's, especially around 1860-1870, this revival strengthenedand gained a huge popularity in society. It became the most stylish subject for a broad range of porcelain and pottery. There were many 'revival' periods during the Victorian age, the 'Classical Greek Revival' being just one of them.
This mini jug is a great example of what made this style so popular. There is much detail in the figures and their faces and clothing. It also shows a scene typical to the Greeks, with the man in his soldier outfit going to war. Look at the architecture in the scene and the classical geometric designed band along the rim.
The matte black is such a sophisticated finish to porcelain and pottery, and the figures in the Pratt 'Old Greek' scene has a tint of lilac in the colorway. Pratt by Fenton, Staffordshire, made several pieces in this pattern, and they are highly collectible today. They used the transfer process to print the scenes on the pottery, which is really an Earthenware porcelain. We can't get enough of Greek & Roman Classic themed pieces, and this would be the perfect start to add some neoclassical elements into your home.
The J.Pratt & Co. by Fenton in Staffordshire, England produced this pattern from 1851-1878. This piece is from the late 1800's, circa 1875.
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