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Jug: C.1714-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Wincanton Pottery




Earthenware with applied reliefs tin-glazed, and painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple and inscribed and dated 'Nathaniel Ireson 1748' and 'SB'

Buff earthenware, thrown, with five applied moulded reliefs, tin-glazed, and painted in dark blue and manganese-purple. Pear-shaped with wide neck, small projecting lip, and reeded loop handle. On the neck an applied relief of King David playing a harp is repeated five times. In the intervals are painted, on one side of the neck, a boy, and on the other side, a spray of flowers. The shoulder below one of the reliefs at the front has a painted inscription, 'Nathaniel:/ Ireson/ 1748', the date enclosed in a rectangle. On the body there are various figures, including tritons, two fiddlers, and a piper; a cavalry charge; a large figure of a mounted solider; a gentleman escorting a lady, whose train is carried by two boys; grotesque Chinese figures; flying birds and ducks, and, to left of centre on the front, a jug, and a wine glass.The initials 'SB' are painted to right of centre front behind the lady and train-bearers The back of the handle is decorated with vertical lines of wave scrolls and a wavy line between vertical lines.


History note: Nathaniel Ireson Bewsey, Temple Combe; inherited by his aunt; her posthumous sale, where bought by a Mrs Palmer, dealer of Walcot, Bath; Mallet, dealer in Bath; H. Blake, a dealer in Wincanton; Captain Herbert Terry of Ripley Surrey and later Great Duryard, Exeter; Terry sale at Eastbourne where he owned a bungalow; Mr (Thomas? ) Sutton, dealer, Eastbourne; 1912 Mr Miller, dealer, of Wincanton and later Bournemouth; offered for sale by Miller at Puttick & Simpson, London on 2 July 1914, English porcelain and pottery, objects of art, miniatures, embroideries . . ., lot 123; unsold; April 1916, bought by Mrs W.D. Dickson for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher who paid Colonel Dickson £125 for it.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 36.8 cm
Height: 14½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Wincanton ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Production date: dated AD 1748


This unique jug is very unusual in having applied moulded reliefs of King David round its neck.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of manganese cobalt-blue

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Nathaniel:Ireson/1748
  • Location: On shoulder
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: SB
  • Location: On side
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initial

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1714-1928
Primary reference Number: 72494
Old object number: 4066
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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