A Delft pottery "Hansje in de kelder" ornamental jug
A Delft pottery "Hansje-in-de-kelder" ornamental jug, 18th century, Netherlands, "Hansje in de kelder" has an English equivalent in "Jack in the Cellar", meaning an unborn child (or a child on the way). This jug was always referred to by this name by the family where it comes from.
This exceptional Delft pottery ornamental jug has a hollow centre that contains a figure of a baby. The sides are covered by two pieces of bevelled glass. Decorated in blue and white with floral patterns and putti picking grapes and a yellow bird's head spout. No maker's marks. This model is more often found as a puzzle jug, without the baby and glass sides. H 32 cm, Small chips around the edges of the base and the rim. Light restoration. 18th century, Netherlands,