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Naive Folk Art Sussex Pig from the Belle-Vue Pottery Rye, Circa 1870.

Naive Folk Art Sussex Pottery Pig,

 from the Belle-Vue Pottery, Rye,

Circa 1870.

This Sussex pig from the Belle-Vue Pottery Rye is actually a drinking vessel with removable head that can be used as a cup and its body when tilted back used as a jug - and this particular example is in amazing condition. 

The interior of its head is inscribed by its maker with a cross 'X' and within this cross it bears three letters R.S.W. and in the remaining space the word Rye, the letters stand for 'Rustic Sussex Ware' 

Dimensions: 5 1.2 inches high x 8 1/2 inches long x 4 inches deep

The pig's shoulder is also inscribed in Sussex dialect with the words ' Won't be druv' which come from a local rhyme:- 
And you can pook 
And you can shove 
But a Sussex Pig 
He wun't be druv.

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