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Cottage-style jug: C.1160-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Cottage-style jug


Factory: Unidentified factory (Possibly)




White earthenware, glazed and painted with pink lustre.

Small jug with bulbous body, short flaring neck and angular handle. On one side is a realistic floral design, on the other an image of a cottage with trees, both hand-painted and highlighted with additional lustre. Stylised leaves run down the outside of the handle. The rim has been dipped in a thick coat of pink lustre, which also coats the outside of the spout and the ends of the handle. There is a thick lustre band around the shoulder and thin bands around the neck and just above the foot. The underside is flat and recessed, forming a low foot rim


History note: From the Bateman collection. Given by Miss Kingsland, Croydon, to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge, in March 1894.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L.Glaisher Bequest, 1928

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Width: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1820 CE - Circa 1830 CE


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 and Newcastle-on-Tyne. 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. Factory markings are rare. Most lustreware was made for everyday use, with simple cottage-style decoration, as on this example, or designs commemorating popular events, royalty or other prominent people. The type of decoration on this jug is particularly delicate for lustred earthenware, and more often found on porcelain.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre ( pink) lead-glaze

Materials used in production

White earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown earthenware, glazed and hand painted and dipped in lustre.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1160-1928
Primary reference Number: 71432
Old object number: 147
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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