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Harvest Jug: C.9-2018

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Harvest Jug


Unidentified factory (Perhaps)




Brown stoneware jug, thrown, turned, dipped in an iron-bearing slip, sprigged and salt-glazed.

Jug with bulbous body, cylindrical engine-turned neck and strap handle, the upper part dipped in dark brown, the lower part buff-yellow, a freckled effect around the middle. Body decorated with applied finely-moulded sprigs: above are eight images of trees and buildings associated with farming countryside, including house, church, windmill and water-mill; below are sheaves of corn, a man hoeing and a harvest basket, interspersed with farm implements including scythes, pitchforks and a wheelbarrow. The handle is finished at the bottom with a strap and foliate sprig. The interior is a paler colour. The underside is flat.


History note: Bought from Appleby Antiques, Portobello Road, London, on 9 February 2000, for £240.00, by Mr Peter Schaffer

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Sir Peter Shaffer

Measurements and weight

Height: 24 cm
Width: 23 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Bristol

Acquisition and important dates

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


First quarter of 19th century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1820 CE


Brown sprigged and salt-glazed stoneware was produced by many English potteries during the 18th and 19th centuries and is sometimes known as ‘Fulham’ or ‘Lambeth ware’. Mugs and jugs were popular, often with sprigs related to hunting. Harvest scenes are less commonly found and have been associated with Bristol, as have the type of body, ‘black-coffee’ coloured dip and refined sprigging and finishing found on this jug. Sprigging and salt-glazing were generally replaced by relief-moulding and liquid glazing in the 1830s.

Salt glaze is formed by throwing salt into the kiln during the firing process. Sodium from the salt reacts with silica in the clay to form a glaze. The brown tinge is produced by introducing iron oxide.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of salt

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, turned, dipped in an iron-bearing slip, sprigged and salt-glazed.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-2018
Primary reference Number: 223221
Entry form number: 1359
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 24 July 2018 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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