A Haban faience jug dated 1730
Height – 22.50cm
Painted with a boot and the tools of the bootmaker’s trade in a roundel with the name Ian Zak. Below the neck in a band, an inscription in archaic Polish reads 17: Silny Trunek Kuziwany Wek Krati a Rozum Mienj 30.
This inscription is curiously in Polish of at least a hundred years earlier and loosely translates as: “Too much strong drink shortens your life and affects your behaviour”. Traditional proverbs probably retained their earlier language.
The name Ian Zak perhaps echoes that of Hans Sachs, the famous cobbler of Nuremberg in Wagner’s Meistersingers.
Condition – Small piercing to one side, chips and typical glaze losses to the rim and foot.
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