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Jug: C.116-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Richardson, George, potter (Probably)




Earthenware, with incised and slip-trailed decoration, and lead-glaze. Slip-trailed inscription G R WROTHAM W A K

Hard dark red earthenware, appearing dark brown, thrown, incised, and decorated with slip-trailing in white which appears pale yellowish and olive-green under the lead-glaze. Bulbous pear-shaped body with cylindrical neck and loop handle. Around the widest part of the body is trailed G R WROTHAM WAK with groups of dots between the letters.


History note: Acquired by the vendor from a farmhouse at Rolvenden, near Tenterden; sold London, Christie's, 26 April 1917, lot 7; purchased for 100 guineas (£105) by Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Wrotham ⪼ Kent ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 17th century
Charles I
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


The form of this jug and its very dark brown colour are very different from the majority of slip-trailed Wrotham wares and suggest that the potter was influenced by German stoneware. The initials GR probably stand for the potter, George Richardson, who initialled pots between 1642 and 1677, and died in 1687.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G R WROTHAM W A K
  • Location: On exterior of body
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.116-1928
Primary reference Number: 71435
Old object number: 4820
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 November 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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