Delft, circa 1670
The pear-shaped beer mug stands on a waisted foot and has an ear-shaped handle that ends in a rat tail. It is painted in blue with a continuous oriental landscape with Chinese figures. On the left is a resting man and a little further are two men with a banner. To the right are three men under a parasol, with a servant on either side. A band of ornaments is applied just above the foot. A scroll ornament is painted on the handle. There is a hole in the top for mounting a lid.
Dimensions: height 20 cm / 7.87 in.
Faience beer mugs were made in the Netherlands from the middle of the seventeenth century. The shape was taken from pewter specimens. The production of the beer mug was particularly extensive in the seventeenth century. Production seems to stop in the second quarter of the eighteenth century: hardly any beer mugs are known after that time.