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Reform Jug: C.1136-1928

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Titles

Reform Jug

Maker(s)

Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Pottery)

Description

White earthenware, with moulded decoration in relief, lead-glazed and transfer-printing in black

White earthenware, moulded, with applied handle, and clear lead-glaze, transfer-printed onglaze n black. Semi-ovoid body with projecting footring, incurved neck with flowers and foliage in relief on each side, curved lip and applied two-part scroll handle with thumb and finger rests. The print on one side is titled 'Constitution Hill' with a crown below over a man and woman (possibly William IV and Queen Adelaide) with a man running towards them in the distance to left, and on the right, a man wearing a smock and a boy wearing an apron, both holding out their hats. On the right is a group of a boy and three men, two of whom hold axes respectively inscribed 'CHOP' and 'REFORM' and are about to attack a tree titled 'THE OLD ROTTEN TREE', supported by four men. In its branches there are many birds sitting on nests and attached to the trunk, is a label inscribed 'ROTTEN BOROUGH SYSTEM' . To the left of it there is a narrow label inscribed 'BISHOPS CASTLE' , and on the right a longer label inscribed 'You take our lives when you take away the means by which we live'. The back of the handle is printed with a spray of flowers and foliage, and the inside of the neck with a wide border of flowers and foliage broken on one side by a crown and sceptre on a cusion.

Notes

History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 16.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr

Dating

Second quarter of 19th century
1830s
William IV
Circa 1832 CE - 1833 CE

Note

Probably made in Staffordshire

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black) Handle Height 13.5 cm
Body Height 13 cm

Materials used in production

clear Lead-glaze white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: THE OLD ROTTEN TREE
  • Location: On exterior of body
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: BISHOPS CASTLE
  • Location: On exterior of body
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: ROTTEN BOROUGH SYSTEM
  • Location: On exterior of body
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: You take our lives when you take away the means by which we live
  • Location: On exterior of body
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1136-1928
Primary reference Number: 71400
Old object number: R.2196
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 March 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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