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Flask - Mischievous Sport and Sportive Innocence

Mischievous Sport and Sportive Innocence

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1795 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    earthenware, moulded and painted in underglaze colours (prattware)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Frank Green

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 2

Physical description

Flask of earthenware with decoration moulded in relief and painted in colours. The flask is shaped like a heart. One side shows two children walking with a dog at their feet, one holding a doll or baby, and is inscribed 'SPORTIVE INNOCENCE'. The other side shows two children playing, one having fallen over after being shown a mask by their companion and is inscribed 'MISCHIEVOUS SPORT'.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (possibly, made)


ca. 1795 (made)

Materials and Techniques

earthenware, moulded and painted in underglaze colours (prattware)


Height: 15.9 cm, Width: 9.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Frank Green Esq.

Descriptive line

Flask, 'Mischievous Sport and Sportive Innocence', earthenware, Staffordshire, about 1795

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lewis, John and Griselda, Pratt ware: English and Scottish relief decorated and underglaze coloured earthenware 1780-1840 (Antique Collectors' Club: 2006). pp. 182-3




Moulded; Painted

Subjects depicted

Doll; Mask; Children; Dog


Ceramics; Pratt ware

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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