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Hunting scene jug: C.8-2018

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Hunting scene jug


Unidentified factory




White earthenware, transfer printed in blue under a pearlware glaze and decorated with pink lustre.

Ovoid jug with slightly projecting foot-rim, slightly concave neck, projecting lip, and angular loop handle. Body decorated with a continuous under-glaze blue image of a hunting scene, starting from the handle, of three hounds, a man dismounted from his horse and an upturned dead stag on a grassy ground, framed by tree trunks to either side and scrolling branches above. The neck is decorated with an underglaze-blue image of leaves and flowers and the handle with a vertical band of lines and stylised leaves. Pink lustre has been applied to suggest a pink ground which frames the major parts of the imagery, with a solid band of pink lustre around the base and inside the neck. The interior is clear-glazed. The underside is slightly recessed and flat, with an incised circle towards the centre, and glazed.


History note: Bought from Constance Storo, 31 Holland St, London W8, for £1,050, by Peter Shaffer, on 6 November 1987.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Sir Peter Shaffer

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm
Width: 19 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2018-07-09) by Shaffer, Peter


19th Century, first half#
Circa 1810 - Circa 1830


English lustreware was commercially produced from c.1805 and popular in the first half of the 19th Century. Minute amounts of gold were used to produce copper, gold, pink or purple lustre, depending on the type of clay, lustre formula, number of layers and firing temperature; platinum was used to mimic silver. Most lustreware was made for everyday use, and factory markings are rare.

The huntsman design perhaps comes from a print by George Morland (1763-1804).

This jug was finished by painting a resist mask (perhaps a sugar and glycerine mix) over the design, before coating with lustre - which only adhered to the unpainted parts. Swansea, Staffordshire and Leeds were the main production centres for resist lustreware. Combining under-glaze blue decoration with lustre is unusual, although a silver lustre jug with the same huntsman scene is known.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre ( pink) lead-glaze

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-2018
Primary reference Number: 223220
Entry form number: 1345
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 24 July 2018 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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