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William IV & Queen Adelaide jug: C.29-2006

Object information

Current Location: In storage


William IV & Queen Adelaide jug


Factory: Minton




Pale grey-green relief-moulded stoneware jug, decorated with moulded reliefs.

Ovoid body with a short cylindrical neck, a projecting spout and a scalloped rim. The handle is moulded to suggest leaves and rises up above the rim. On one side is an applied, white stoneware relief bust of William IV, dressed in in regal robes and set amongst roses, shamrock leaves and a thistle; on the othr side is a similarly presented bust of Queen Adelaide. On each side of the neck is an applied white sprig design og royal regalia set on a cushion, with flowers and foliage. The ground between the reliefs is covered with a moulded trellis containing four-petalled flowers, with a scallop-like leaf beneath the spout. The interior is fully glazed, the outside and recessed base are smear-glazed.


History note: Private collection

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-07-17) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, second quarter#
William IV
Circa 1831 CE - Circa 1837 CE


Relief moulded jugs were popular in mid 19th Century homes. The smear-glazing makes the most of the way that colour-stained clays show off crisply-moulded ornament, whilst the stoneware would be durable in an everyday setting. There are several examples in the Fitzwilliam Collection.

This is the earliest dateable relief-moulded jug design made by Minton. As with some other early jugs of this type, the decoration of the two part prss-moulded body has been enganced by the application of moulded reliefs in a contrasting colour. William became King on the death of George IV, on 26 June 1830, but he and Queen Adelaide were not crowned until 8 September 1831; they reigned until 1937. The earliest date for this jug is thus 1931. It was perhaps made to commemorate the Coronation.

School or Style

Rococo Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base Diameter 5.3 cm
Handle To Spout Width 12.4 cm

Materials used in production

pale grey and white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Relief-moulding : Pale grey relief-moulded stoneware with applied white reliefs, and glazed interior

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 30
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: ribbon with floral edges incorporating an ‘M’, impressed ‘No 13’

  • Text: 'No 13' 'M'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Moulded and applied relief
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.29-2006
Primary reference Number: 131312
Entry form number: 818
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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