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The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995

The Clown character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1989-1995. Over the centuries the clown has played many roles: simpleton, jester, knave, court fool and rustic idiot. His origins are in the medieval miracle plays where he played Old Vice, a fellow who tripped up the Devil and played tricks on the serious characters. This buffoon developed and even became the mouthpiece of such renowned playwrights as Shakespeare and Moliere. In the Italian comedia dell arte, the clown's role was taken by Arlechino, a rascal in a costume of rags and patches who later became the stylish Harlequin. Another clown developed in the Italian comedy became the lovesick Pierrot in his outfit of white silk, ruffles and pompoms. The typical clown we see today with his baggy clothes and colorful painted face was created in the early nineteenth century by Joseph Grimaldi, whose amazing acrobatics made him one of the most famous clowns ever. His renown was such that all later such clowns were named Joey in his honor. The clown's gloved left hand touching his hat forms the handle of the jug.

Maker:

Royal Doulton

England

1989-1995

Model #:

D6834

Circus Performers Series

character jug

Size:

large

Height:

6 1/2"

The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
The Clown character jug - Royal Doulton 1989-1995
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