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Jug: C.34-2023

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Pottery: Della Robbia Pottery
Decorator: Peirce, Aphra Jane
Painter: Buckler, Gwendoline




Red earthenware jug, slip coated and decorated with sgraffito and oxide colours.

Red earthenware coated with cream slip, with incised (sgraffito) decoration painted in shades of green, yellow, and brown under lead-glaze.; silver plated mount, cover, and handle. The sides are decorated with four winged putti seated on foliated scrolls reserved in a green background; below there is a border of foliage and spots.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Ian and Rita Smythe, 2023

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm
Width: 16 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Birkenhead ⪼ Cheshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2023) by Smythe, Ian and Rita


19th Century, Late#
Victoria I
1896 CE - 1901 CE


The Della Robbia Pottery, founded by Harold Rathbone and Conrad Dressler. From 1894 until closure in 1906 it produced a range of decorative ceramics in Art Nouveau style and influenced by 15th and 16th century Italian ceramics. Following the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, pieces were hand thrown and decorated and individual decorators encouraged to mark their work. Typically, designs were set out in sgraffito over white slip and coloured with special fluid colours, formed from pigments mixed with water and gum arabic, which blended with the glaze to give exceptionally bright hues.

Components of the work

Body composed of slip ( creasm) earthenware ( red)
Handle composed of silver-plate ( no hallmarks visible)
Mount composed of silver-plate ( no hallmarks visible)
Decoration composed of metallic oxides

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: D simple ship R
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Sgraffito
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: AJP joined
  • Location: On base
  • Type: Decorator's mark
  • Text: GEMB
  • Location: On base below ship mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark green
  • Type: Painter's mark

Inscription present: cream-coloured rectangular stick-on label (probably white originally)

  • Text: 2948/£980
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34-2023
Primary reference Number: 226584
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 5 March 2019 Updated: Tuesday 16 January 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 16 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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