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Milk jug: C.100 & A-1933

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Current Location: In storage


Worcester Porcelain Factory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain milk jug and cover, decorated with birds in underglaze blue, green, yellow, iron-red, lilac, puce and brown enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain milk jug and cover, decorated with underglaze blue, green, yellow, iron-red, lilac, puce and brown enamels and gilt. Pear-shaped with fluted sides and sparrow-beak spout, lobed ear-shaped handle and slightly inverted footring. The domed and fluted cover has a knob in the form of an open flower with leaf terminals. Painted on one side with two exotic birds on an island in a park, and on the other with a single bird surrounded by flocks of distant birds, two larger birds and three insects in flight. Above, there is an underglaze blue band edged with gilt C-scrolls and on the rim, gold dentilations. On the back the handle there is a feather and dots in gold. the cover is decorated with a similar border surrounding three birds in flight; the flower knob is picked out in gilding.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Rev. A.V. Valentine-Richards

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.7 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Valentine-Richards, A. V., The Rev


18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1770

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, iron-red, lilac, puce and brown) cobalt-blue gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain decorated with underglaze blue, green, yellow, iron-red, lilac, puce and brown enamels and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.100 & A-1933
Primary reference Number: 34264
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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