First Mug

Mug; creamware; printed in black with the ‘Massacre and Execution of Louis XVI, King of France’ depicting the moment after the execution when the King’s head is held up by the second executioner in the presence of the Commandant General and the King’s Confessor; parts of the scene and each figure are identified by numbers; signed.Producer nameDecorated by: J AynsleyProduction date1793

Production placeMade in: Staffordshire (probably)Europe: British Isles: England: StaffordshireMaterialsearthenwareTechniquetransfer-printedDimensionsHeight: Height: 12.20 centimetresInscriptions

  • Inscription content: MASSACRE & EXECUTION of LOUIS XVI, KING of FRANCE. Jan.v 21 1793. Aged 38 Years 4 Months – An Event most Wonderfull in the History of the World, 1 the Guillotine – 2 The Ax – 3 The King – 4 De Fermand His Confessor – 5 One of the Executione Drawing up the Ax immediately after the Execution – 6 the other Executioner holding up the Head of the King & proclaiming Behold the Head of a Tyrant – 7 The Basket for the Head – 8 The long Basket for the Body – 9 De Santere the Commandant General – 10 The Way by which the unfortunate Monarch ascended the Scaffold.
  • Inscription content: J Aynsley Lane End – John Aynsley 1st