Rare Redware Sculpture - Drunkard Astride A Keg

Northern France
Circa: Mid 19thC
Size: 9 1/2" (h)" x 7" (w)" x 8" (l)
This is an intriguing piece of ceramic sculpture! A drunkard armed with a bottle and a big mug sits astride a large brandy keg of spirits (àla Slim Pickens riding the bomb in Dr. Strangelove). His exaggerated and distorted face is detailed with slip decoration to his teeth and eyes (as well as his hands, and square rig cap).

The earthenware figure has a manganese glaze with kaolin highlights to his facial features and hands.

The CT Historical Society has a trade sign for the Bacchus Inn or Norwich, which features a man atop a keg. This highly stylized piece of folk art is a variant of the Dutch ‘Bobbejakken.’

Literature: A related example is pictured in, Poteries et céramiques anciennes du Cotentin by Leberruyer Pierre, Lepoitevin Lucien, p. 168, plate 99.

Condition: Excellent save for apparent loss to some flower-petal decoration on the backside that looks original to the firing.

Price: $9,800.00