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WADEHEATH DISNEY PITCHER

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Wade Heath / Disney "Big Bad Wolf and The Three Little Pigs" musical jug, England, circa 1935
Sales price $1,000
SKU: saf1909250
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Description

A Wade Heath "Big Bad Wolf And The Three Little Pigs" musical pouring vessel. Wadeheath was licensed by Disney to create Disney-themed pottery. This rare, limited edition musical jug, with printed and painted sign marks is dated 1936. Christie's catalogue referred to this item as `The Big Bad Wolf' or 'Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs.' It is cast in low relief with the wolf forming the handle. Relief moulded with the three little pigs, the slow musical movement plays 'Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.' The September 1935 issue of The Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review described the “Big, Bad Wolf” flower jug as “the new `Little Pig' jug." It is a whole fable expressed in a single piece of pottery. Portrayed in bas relief there is the story of the house built by the builder pig, whilst the handle of the jug represents the big, bad wolf. When the jug is lifted, it plays out the tune of the “Big, Bad Wolf.” Wadeheath musical jugs are rare and highly sought after by collectors. This Art Deco waisted cylindrical jug is moulded with the famous characters, using the Wolf as the handle. Made in England in 1936, I acquired it on a buying trip in 2018 from a small antique shop in Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. This is the rarer musical version of the line. The still functioning musical movement is in the base of the jug. This collector's item is in fine condition. In the early Nineties, one of these jugs sold for $2,000 at Christie's. Printed and painted sign marks are located on the bottom of the jug (today, referred to as a pitcher) and a black ink Wadeheath stamp appears on the wood musical housing base. Measures 10.5" tall by 6" diameter.