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The bulldog pitcher from Westerwald

September 5, 2011 , , , ,

Absinthe pitcher and Dubonnet pyrogene

When you see this pitcher you will probably first notice its very naturalistic bulldog head. The hair on his neck seems so soft as it is floating over the dog’s collar

Then you might see the belly that has nothing to do with a dog at all. It has a very elaborated and geometrical pattern, where every line and dot is three-dimensionally sculpted. It is truly a wonderful piece of artisanal pottery.

But the most special thing about this bulldog pitcher is that it has three holes for adjusting the water stream. The hole in the mouth is for pouring water slowly into the absinthe. The two nose holes combined with the mouth-hole allow you to pour water in a way that it splatters and whirls up the absinthe.

Because of the three holes it is extremely rare. There are other zoomorphic absinthe pitchers with a bulldog-design, but most of them have only one hole.

Bulldog pitcher with three holes to pour water into absinthe

I am ashamed to say that I wanted to sell the pitcher last month. But now after looking at it closely again I just can’t bring myself to abandon this little dog! Look at his big eyes and the little protrudent tooth! Look at the chip on his nose. He is not perfect but that makes him unique. I would recognize him always. He is a keeper.

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