English and European Ceramics and Glass

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A rare yellow pearlware lustre jug of pugilist interest c.1811

£1,500 - £2,000 £1,500

A rare yellow pearlware lustre jug of pugilist interest c.1811, commemorating the great fight between Tom Molineux and Tom Cribb at Thistleton Gapp in Rutland in September 1811, printed with the two boxers in fighting stance, the other side with a verse celebrating the strength of boxing in Britain, on a yellow ground within silver lustre borders, 14.5cm high. The 1811 match between the former slave, Molineaux, and Bristolian Cribb ended in the 11th round when Cribb broke his opponent's jaw. Their first meeting in 1810 saw them so closely matched that the fight went to 35 rounds, with Cribb again the victor.

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