Ugly Duchess character jug modeled by Max Henk and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1965-1973. The Ugly Duchess is another of Lewis Carroll's dream-world characters from the ever-popular children's classic, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Alice first meets the mad Duchess in a smoky, pepper-filled kitchen, violently tossing a baby up and down on her knee. The favorite word of the irritable Duchess is moral, as in "Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it." Alice and the Duchess later meet on the Queen of Hearts' croquet grounds, where the game is played with flamingoes as mallets and hedgehogs as balls. The Duchess boxes the Queen's ears and is sentenced to have her head chopped off, later reduced to banishment. The original illustration of her by Sir John Tenniel, from which this jug is modeled, is thought to be based on the portrait "The Ugly Duchess". Painted by a sixteenth century Flemish artist, it represents the fourteenth century Duchess Margaretha Maultasch, reputedly the ugliest woman in history. A flamingo forms the handle of the jug. In addition to this large jug, a small size (D6603) and a miniature size (D6607) were also produced.
Alice in Wonderland Series