19th C. St. Clement Majolica absinthe jug modelled as a monkey

Stock No. 461 

A French 2nd half of the 19th century faience / majolica absinthe jug modelled as a monkey wearing a blue jacket designed by Keller & Guerin and made at the St. Clement pottery in Southern France. It has the typical small nozzle in the spout for pouring absinthe, which distinguishes it from a water jug.
With marks in relief to the base - "KG" for Keller & Guerin ,"St.C" for Saint Clement and with the model number - 435.(see illus. above).
Pitchers (pichets Fr.) bearing the St. Clement and K&G markings with three digit numbers are the rarest and most collectable of the St Clement pitchers.
These early jugs are quite scarce, and sought after. So much so that some models were reproduced by St.Clement in the 20th century in response to collectors' demand, - but with printed marks and inferior decoration.This original 19th century monkey absinthe jug is a particularly scarce design and we haven't yet seen another example or a reproduced later example with printed marks.
Condition is excellent.

Dimensions :
height : 9.5 inches