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Mug: C.1559-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Lambeth High Street Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, with an inserted glass bottom

Buff earthenware thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue; the underside is a glass insertion, probably original. The mug is cylindrical with an applied loop handle which is of oval section with a rounded terminal. The exterior is painted with a naval officer in uniform, Admiral Rodney, kneeling and kissing the hand of George III, who holds in his left hand a scroll inscribed 'Jn STR' (last letter indistinct). The action is taking place in a room with a tiled floor, a long curtained window on the left, and a seascape with ships hanging on the wall to the right of the king. The scene has a curved borders of flowers and foliage on each side, and the back of the handle is also decorated with flowers and foliage. On either side of the handle terminal are the initials and date
'T C/17 83'. A narrow criss-cross border runs round the edge of the base.


History note: Mr F.C. Furphey, Sale, Cheshire from whom bought on 21 October 1910 for £3.10 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: dated AD 1783


The mug may have been made at Lambeth or possibly at that date at Vauxhall, Mortlake or Isleworth

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glazing ( bluish-white)
Base composed of glass

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T C/17 83
  • Location: On exterior below handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: R indistinct

  • Text: Jn STR
  • Location: On exterior on scroll
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1559-1928
Primary reference Number: 72221
Old object number: 3303
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 3 August 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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