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Large Jackfield ware jug: C.1112-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Large Jackfield ware jug


Production: Unidentified factory (Possibly)
Unidentified factory (Possibly)




Dark earthenware jug with applied reliefs and shiny black glaze.

Very large ale jug, bulbous body with wide, tall neck flaring at the mouth, flat foot and loop handle coiled at the lower end. Decorated with applied reliefs including: a (female?) mask under the lip; ‘I W’ on the neck; and ‘Fine Ale’, separated by a cherub, above ’17 90’ on the front. The letters formed from corrugated strips. The whole jug, apart from three pads on the underside, is coated with a thick black (iron manganese) glaze. The underside is flat.


History note: Bought from Mr (George?) Stoner on 22 July 1907, for £5, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest, 1928

Measurements and weight

Height: 41.6 cm
Width: 31 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late#
Production date: AD 1790 : inscribed


Jackfield ware was generally made for everyday use – such as tea-pots, kitchen ware, pitchers or drinking mugs – and is often decorated with enamels or gilt. The weight of this jug, however, suggests it was made for display rather than utility.

The lustrous black lead glaze on this jug identifies it as Jackfield ware. Named for Richard Thursfield and his son Maurice who produced such wares at their pottery in Jackfield, Shropshire, c.1713-1772, Jackfield was also produced by other potters in Shropshire and Staffordshire. Thomas Whieldon, of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent is credited with producing an exceptionally shiny black glaze. Jackfield is also sometimes also known as jet ware, blackware or japanned ware (after Japanese black lacquer ware). It was particularly popular from c.1740-60 and again in the second half of the nineteenth century when Queen Victoria favoured black items in mourning for Prince Albert, who died in 1861.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( black (manganese iron))

Materials used in production

grey-red Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown earthenware jug with applied reliefs and shiny black glaze.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1112-1928
Primary reference Number: 71335
Old object number: 2702
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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