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Fruit and foliage tube-lined jug: C.14-1998

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Fruit and foliage tube-lined jug


Factory: Wood, H. J.
Designer: Rhead, Charlotte




Earthenware jug, covered in pale, mottled cream/orange glaze, tube-lined and painted with lustrous orange and blue-brown glazes and gold.

Ovoid shape, with short incurved neck, curved pinched spout, and short strap handle. Decorated with a wide band of stylised branches bearing grey-brown foliage and orange and yellow fruit, with stylised blue flowers and berries in the background. Below there are half flower heads between sets of two horizontal bands, each flanking a gold band; below that, a greyish-brown zone extends down to the base. Above the foliage decoration there are similar sets of horizontal bands flanking broad grey-brown vertical strokes, between them are freckled orange rectangles with a dot in the centre. The neck and handle are grey-brown specked with orange, and there is a gilt band round the rim. The glaze on the interior of the neck is dappled with orange, as is the slightly concave underside.


History note: Cheffins, Grain & Comins, Cambridge, 13th May 1998, Pottery, Porcelain & Glass, lot 58; purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 24 cm
Height: 9.5 in
Width: 21.5 cm
Width: 8.5 in

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-06-08) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Circa 1942 CE - Circa 1960 CE


Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947), also known as ‘Lottie’, came from a family of potters who over several generations built a reputation for tube-lined and pâte-sur-pâte decoration. Charlotte trained at Fenton School of Art and from 1901 worked at a succession of potteries as a decorator. From 1912-1926 she worked for her father, Frederick, who was art director at Wood & Sons, and at their subsidiaries Bursley Ltd and the Ellgreave Pottery Co; some of this work appeared under her own back-stamp as ‘Lottie Rhead ware’. By 1926, she had joined Burgess & Leigh, and from 1932-c.1942 designed art-ware and other products for A.G.Richardson & Co. In 1942 she returned to a Wood & Sons subsidiary, H.J.Wood, remaining there until her death. Although best known for her popular tube-lined designs, Charlotte Read also introduced new shapes and innovative glazes, including ‘broken’ (mottled) glazes and a thick matt white ‘snow glaze’ which attracted interest in the trade press.

Charlotte Rhead’s designs for H J Wood were marketed under the factory’s old ‘Bursley Ware’ label, with a special backstamp including her name, though the business had by then re-located from the Bursley works. This design is known to have been produced into the 1950s - a similar jug was advertised in Wood's catalogue, c.1954. The ‘M’ has been identified as a decorator’s mark, though unattributed (see Bumpus, 1987, p.89).

School or Style

Art Deco

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Bursley Ware/Charlotte Rhead/England
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Transfer printed in grey
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: H
  • Method of creation: Painted in orange
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: The '5' [or '5'] is slightly raised

  • Text: T.L.5
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: flat top and contains a '-'

  • Text: M
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-1998
Primary reference Number: 28620
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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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