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Jug: C.10-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Cooper, Emmanuel




Stoneware decorated with glaze and gold.

Stoneware with dark blue volcanic glaze with gold patches. The jug is oval in plan with straight sides, ridged horizontally on the interior, a projecting gutter-shaped spout, and a flat vertical D-shaped handle. With the exception of an oval area around the edge of the base, it is covered with volcanic glaze, which is variegated shades of pale to dark purplish-blue with a few random gold splashes on the exterior, and brown, grey and pale purplish-blue on the inside. The overall effect resembles the cratered surface of the moon.


History note: Acquired from maker

Legal notes

Given by David Horbury

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Length: 27.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-04-29) by Horbury, David


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Circa 1990 CE - 1999 CE


Emmanuel Cooper OBE (1938-2012) trained with Gwyn Hanssen Piggott and Bryan Newman before setting up his own pottery, with shop front, in London. A consummate technician, he is known for his glazes which are sometimes delicate but often vibrantly coloured. With Eileen Lewenstein, Cooper founded the Ceramic Review, in 1970; his writing includes biographies of Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie.

This jug, amongst Cooper’s best work, was illustrated as the star object in the catalogue of Cooper’s retrospective at Ruthin Craft Centre, 2013

Components of the work

Base Length 17.8 cm Width 9.8 cm

Materials used in production

volcanic Glaze

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.10-2019
Primary reference Number: 227192
Entry Form number: 1383
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 June 2019 Updated: Monday 18 July 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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