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Silver resist lustre mug: C.1164-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Silver resist lustre mug


Factory: unidentified English pottery (Possibly)




White earthenware, moulded, glazed, resist-lustred and painted with red enamel.

Cylindrical mug with up-tilted angular handle. The lower part of the body is moulded with broad vertical reeds, ‘tied’ at the top with four thin raised bands and another at the bottom. Towards the top of the body are three more thin bands, impressed with a roulette wheel. Each set carries a thin line of red enamel and between the two is a broad band of silver resist lustre decoration of fronds. The rim is dipped in silver lustre and the handle edged with lustre. The underside is flat and glazed, with a broad foot-rim.


History note: Bought privately in Cambridge by Mr Morrell, in May 1905, for 10/- (ten shillings) for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge. According to vendor it had been in the family for 60 years.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1810 - Circa 1825


Resist lustreware was typically produced by drawing, transfer printing or stencilling the design over-glaze then applying a size (perhaps a sugar and glycerine mix) to the design, with a fine brush. The jug was then coated in lustre, which only adhered to the unpainted parts. Silver lustre, made using minute deposits of platinum on a white, yellow or blue ground, was popular from around 1810-1830; and pots were sometimes coated all over to mimic Georgian silver. Pink and purple lustre was also produced, using gold. Leeds and Staffordshire were the main centres of production for resist lustreware.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( red) platinum lustre glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, impressed, glazed, resist-lustred and painted with red enamel.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1164-1928
Primary reference Number: 71442
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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