Sunday, March 2, 2014

To Serve and Project: The Elliot “King George III” Tobacco Jar

Tobacco Jar
Staffordshire Porcelain Factory
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Tobacco jars often were modeled as portrait busts.  This earthenware jar with a white, yellow, brown and green glaze is meant to represent King George III.  He looks rather potty, yes?

This was made between 1780 and 1800 in Staffordshire.  So, by then His Majesty was well on his way to Crazy Town.  I wonder if he ever tried to take off the top of his head and root around for tobacco in there.  I kid, of course.  Nice wig, too.  I think that whole Revolution Kerfuffle wasn't a beauty treatment.

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