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Silver-resist jug with bird motif: C.175-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Silver-resist jug with bird motif


Factory: unidentified English pottery (Probably)




White earthenware, glazed, hand-decorated, resist-lustred, transfer-printed and painted with enamels.

Jug with ovoid body tapering to a slightly projecting foot, with a concave neck, curved lip and angular handle. Decorated all over, over-glaze, on the outside of the body and neck with silver resist-lustre decoration of stylised leaves and flowers, except for a round reserve panel on either side. The reserves contain similar transfer designs of a bird on a leafy bough, coloured with black, brown, red, blue, green and yellow enamels. The rim has been dipped in silver lustre and the handle is lustred down the outside, save for two reserved stripes. The underside is flat and glazed, with a raised foot-rim.


History note: Mrs W.D. Dickson until 1932

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson, 1932

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 17.8 cm
Height: 13.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


19th Century, Early#
George IV
Circa 1820 - 1830


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. The shape of this jug is typical of early century examples made in Leeds, but the use of enamels suggests it was made in Staffordshire at a slightly later date.

This type of jug was made for everyday use. The shape and size of this example suggest it may be a milk jug.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels lustre glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, glazed, hand-decorated, resist-lustred, transfer-printed and painted with enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • Type: No visible mark
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Small, circular, printed paper label
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.175-1932
Primary reference Number: 72559
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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