Orbis world map milk jug

Orbis world map milk jug


This stunning 17c double hemisphere world map is rich in cartographic detail with the added bonus of highly decorative border details.
Our unique contemporary interpretation sees individual sections of the map collaged onto a whole range of china tableware.
Join us on this symbolic voyage of adventure and exploration.

  • bone china milk jug
  • size 4″ or 10 cm tall
  • individually hand decorated ‘one off’ piece.
  • made by Rob or Andy in our studio by the sea.
  • dishwasher safe.
  • Available in a full range of Bone China tableware and serving pieces.
  • free UK delivery for orders over £30.


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Bone china small milk  jug hand decorated with multiple sections of a 17th century world map.

‘Orbis’ English bone china tableware is based upon Frederick De Wit’s first world map of 1668.
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula’

The map has four large lively allegorical scenes representing the four elements.
Fire is shown by war and destruction, air by the heavens, earth by harvesting and husbandry, and water by sailing ships and a spouting whale.

Frederick de Wit was born to a Protestant family in 1629/30 in Gouda, a small city in the province of Holland.  By 1648, during the height of the Dutch Golden Age, De Wit had moved from Gouda to Amsterdam. As early as 1654 he had opened a printing office and shop.  His first world map, ‘Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula’  appeared around 1660. De Wit published no fewer than 158 land maps and 43 charts on separate folio sheets. The maps by Frederick de Wit are highly decorative and highly prized both by museums and private collectors.


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