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Maker(s):Voyez, Jean (modeller)
Culture:English (1735-1800) and (1715-1772)
Date Made:dated 1788
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: lead-glazed cream-colored earthenware (creamware)
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Great Britain: Staffordshire; Great Britain: Stoke-on-Trent, Burslem
Measurements:overall: 9 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 24.765 cm x 23.495 cm x 14.605 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2006.33.90
Credit Line:Museum purchase with funds provided by Ray J. and Anne K. Groves
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

English creamware, press-molded jug titled "Fair Hebe" with a different relief molded scene on the two sides of the crabstock handle. The left side of the handle has an impressed “FAIR HEBE” on a scroll on the top of a tree trunk between the molded figures of a young man offering a bird's nest to a young woman, and “I VOYEZ / 1788” on the trunk base curved under the young woman. The right side of the handle has an impressed “A BUMPER/ A BUMPER on a ribbon running behind the head of a young man with a dog jumping up on his right leg, and “VOYEZ” impressed on the wine bottle between man’s feet. "A Bumper" referring to the harvest crop. Ralph Wood I (1715–1772) of Burslem, Staffordshire, produced excellently modelled series of figures in a creamware body; the finest, perhaps, is a mounted Hudibras in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Many of these figures are attributed to Jean Voyez (1735-1800), a French modeler and sculptor who was much influenced by the work of Paul-Louis Cyfflé (b.1724) at Lunéville; most of Voyez's work was in the neoclassical style, and he specialized in the creation of relief medallions. In England, Voyez first employed by Robert Adams and then by Josiah Wedgwood in early 1768; he was sentenced to prison for stealing from Wedgwood in January 1769, but released after 5 months, and then employed by Humphrey Palmer. At Palmer's, Voyez made black and bronze vases from Wedgwood's designs. He later worked for other manufacturers for brief periods, and then started making seals in which he forged Wedgwood's and Bentley’s names. His later work, among which are copies of Wedgwood models, is marked "Voyez;" this "Fair Hebe" jug is the best known of his productions. Voyez was no doubt responsible, also, for many of the satyr-mask cups and jugs of that period. He later (1783-91) worked for Enoch Wood of Burslem and other Staffordshire potters.

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