A normandyjug is a popular type of antique tableware, often made in Louis XV or Baroque style. They can be crafted from wood, oak and metal.
The origins of the normandyjug date back to Normandy France, where it was used to dispense cider and wine. The jug was designed to be sturdy and functional.
This jug is made of lead glass, and it has remnants of the original paper label. It has a baluster form with a facetted neck and base.
It is decorated with a foliage motif that extends over the body and ends in a small, plain conical foot.
The jug is in good condition for its age, with some age related wear to the rim of the base consistent with 170 years of use.
An example of a normandyjug from Saintonge, this vessel was discovered during work at Cardiff High Street in 1893. It is carved with a vine scroll motif, which is typical of jugs made by the Saintonge potteries.
In addition to being a beautiful piece of faience, it also illustrates links between Wales and the wider European world in the Middle Ages. It is a fine example of the skill of Saintonge potters.
Calvados is one of the most important beverages in Normandy, and it’s distilled from a variety of apples from the region. The liqueur is aged for at least two years, which allows the flavors to meld and develop.
Calvados can be enjoyed as an aperitif or as a digestif, either before or after a meal. The drink is typically served in tulip-shaped glasses that curve at the top to hold the aromatics, and is best paired with apple sorbet or other fruit.