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Lustred relief-moulded jug: C.1159-1928

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Lustred relief-moulded jug


Probably Unidentified factory (Production)


White earthenware, relief moulded, glazed and painted with pink lustre and green enamel.

Relief moulded jug with bulbous body which narrows to a small foot-ring, short cylindrical neck with curved lip and loop handle with thumb piece. The body is moulded with fluting, above three rows of bosses, above stylised standing leaves. The flutings, neck rim, foot-rim and ground around the leaves are lustred; the top and bottom row of bosses are decorated with lustred circles and the centre row with green crosses; the leaves are also painted green. The handle edged and decorated in lustre. The underside is glazed and flat, within the foot-ring.


History note: Bought at Sotheby’s on 22 December 1908 for 15/- (fifteen shillings), by Mr S Fenton for Dr J W L Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest, 1928

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Width: 19 cm

Relative size of this object

19 cm15.2 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1820


Dr Glaisher noted that he bought this jug at auction, in 1908, ‘merely because I liked its general appearance and brightness’.

English lustreware was commercially produced from c.1805 and popular throughout the first half of the 19th Century. Staffordshire potters were the first and largest producers, though similar wares were also made in other regions and pink lustreware is often particularly associated with Sunderland. Potters used minute amounts of gold to produce copper, gold, pink or purple lustre, depending on the type of clay, lustre formula, number of layers and firing temperature; platinum was used to mimic silver. Most lustreware was made for everyday use, and factory markings are rare.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green) lustre ( pink (gold)) lead-glaze

Materials used in production

White earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Relief moulded white earthenware, glazed, lustred and enamelled.

Inscription or legends present

  • Type: No visible mark
  • Text: ‘No. 2988. Squat Sunderland jug. Decorated in purple lustre and green. having fluting, square boxes, raised leaves etc. b. at Sotheby’s Dec 22, 1908'.
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1159-1928
Primary reference Number: 71430
Old object number: 2988
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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