Charles Meigh ( British, 1835 - 1849 )
In the 1830s, English architect and critic A. W. N. Pugin promoted a return to the art of the Middle Ages, particularly the Gothic style of 13th-century France and England. Charles Meigh Pottery, which mass-produced earthenware, stoneware, parianware, and porcelain, specialized in the Gothic Revival style in the 1840s. One of its most iconic products, the "Apostle" jug is relief molded with eight architectural niches occupied by eight ecclesiastical figures, including three holding books or scrolls believed to be apostles. Grotesque masks on the handle and relief ornamentation on the lip and the foot inspired by Gothic architecture complete the design.
Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, Label copy, 2004.
Gordon Campbell, ed., The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, Volume 1 (New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2006), 93.
While the Dallas Museum of Art's example is unmarked, an example of the "Apostle" jug at the V&A; is marked with an applied and impressed registration mark featuring the royal coat-of-arms and a cartouche with the inscription "Registered March 15, 1842 by Chales Meigh Hanley." This mark indicates that Charles Meigh registered the design at the Design Registry in order to protect it from counterfeit. View the mark on the V&A; example.
High Museum of Art
New York silversmith Zalmon Bostwick produced a silver pitcher based directly on the "Apostle" jug circa 1845. View the High Museum of Art's example of Bostwick's design.