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Stag jug: C.1161-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Stag jug


Factory: Unidentified factory (Probably)




White earthenware, moulded, glazed and painted with pink lustre and green and blue enamels.

Oval section, relief-moulded jug with a loop handle (with thumb-piece) and slight shoulder. The relief-moulded decorations, painted in pink lustre and green enamel, are: on one side, a relief-moulded image of a stag between two trees; on the other, two hinds with similar trees; and around the neck, a band of alternate flowers and scrolls, with small flowers painted in blue enamel. The rim has a rope moulding and is rimmed in pink lustre and there are stylised pink lustre designs running down the handle and under the lip. The underside is recessed and glazed.


History note: Bought from Mr Woolston of Hyde Park Corner, Cambridge on 1 July 1908 for 12/6d (twelve shillings and sixpence), by Dr J W L Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest, 1928

Measurements and weight

Depth: 11.5 cm
Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 17 cm

Relative size of this object

17 cm15.5 cm11.5 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
George IV
Circa 1810 CE - 1825 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. 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. Oval section moulded and lustred jugs were made by many Staffordshire potteries in the 1820s, and also in other areas, but factory markings are rare. Most lustreware was made for everyday use, with simple country-style decoration or designs commemorating popular events, royalty or other prominent people. Stags and hunting scenes were popular motifs.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green and blue) lustre ( pink) lead-glaze

Materials used in production

White earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Moulded earthenware, glazed, lustred and painted with enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Type: No visible mark
  • Text: No. 2809. Jug with raised design in purple lustre (stag & hind etc) b. in Cambridge, July 1, 1908. Came from Harston [?]
  • 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.1161-1928
Primary reference Number: 71433
Old object number: 2809
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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