French 1890's Keller & Guerin Majolica Jug. At once astonishing and bizarre, what you see is real: a 120+-year-old French majolica drink pitcher in the form of an intoxicated man's head wrapped in marijuana leaves. A head-wreath of marijuana leaves, to be precise. Produced by the Keller & Guerin faiencerie, in Saint-Cle'ment, France (note the intertwined K & G on the bottom), it comes to you straight out of the fabled La Belle E'poque.
And if you have been shopping for that "hard to please" customer, this just may be your answer. The face on the pitcher is an example of the "Jean qui rit, Jean qui pleure" motif (Laughing John, Weeping John), more commonly seen in booze-themed Janus jugs. But to see this done with marijuana? Note: Marijuana use was legal in France at the turn of the 20th Century (and until 1970), though frowned upon by polite society.
Maryse Bottero describes this jug on page 39 of her book, "Pichets en Barbotine, " and this example is in unusually fine condition, with no chips, cracks, or hairlines of any kind. There are two small spots of glaze loss on the inside rim (one of which is a firing flaw) and a spot at the top of the handle (from actual use), which do not in any way detract from the magnificence of this piece. Of course there is also mild crazing present, as one would expect at this age. Dimensions are: 8.5" tall, and 5.5" at its widest diameter.
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