Cabbage leaf maskhead jug

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There is some debate about how much polychrome Caughley porcelain was decorated at the factory, rather than by outside decorators. In 1775 it was reported that Robert Hancock, Caughley's principal engraver, 'will with all possible expedition proceed in the enamelled…china' and in 1778 Turner advertised for 'a man who perfectly understands the enamel printing'. Some Caughley pieces had been sent to the famous 'outside decorator' James Giles in London before 1780, and probably to other decorators too. It remains that a large proportion of known Caughley enamelled pieces were decorated by Chamberlains, such as this magnificent maskhead jug, dating from c1790.

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