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Jug: C.2047-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey stoneware with incised and applied relief decoration coloured in manganese-purple and cobalt-blue, and salt-glazed: wide horizontal bands of floriated scrolls and chequer pattern, broken on the front by an applied medallion containing the initials GR

Grey stoneware, thrown, with incised and applied moulded relief decoration, painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple and salt-glazed. The jug has a globular body with a cylindrical neck and a loop handle with two holes on the top for the attachment of a mount. The circular base is slightly concave underneath. On the front is an applied medallion with the cypher GR in blue for George I or George II, with above, a crown flanked by two birds, and below, a winged cherub's head. On either side of it round the widest part of the body are broad bands of blue and grey chequer pattern. Above and below are bands of formal flowers and tendrils on continuous wavy stems reserved in a blue ground, The neck is rilled horizontally and painted overall in manganese-purple.


History note: Christie's, 12 February, 1909, part of lot 101, the property of a lady; sold for £10.10s.0d. to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambidge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31 cm
Width: 24.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


George I
George II
Circa 1714 CE - 1740 CE


The stoneware industry in the Westerwald developed first in the area of three villages, Höhr, Grenzau and Grenzhausen (currently Höhr-Grenzhausen), where potters formed a guild in 1643, and expanded to other villages in the area. Production increased greatly after the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648, and Westerwald stoneware was exported on a large scale to other parts of Europe, including Britain.The medallion on this jug encloses the cipher GR for George I (ruled 1714-27), or George II (ruled 1727-60). A jug with a similar medallion and cipher in the Victoria and Albert Museum, is thought to be more likely to be from the reign of George II, about 1740 (CIRC 88-1919). The jug illustrates the typical colouring of much Westerwald stoneware: a pale grey body with incised and applied decorative motifs coloured in blue derived from cobalt, and manganese-purple before firing and salt-glazing.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of smalt ( produced by fusing cobalt with an alkali, usually potash, and sand, grinding to a powder, and mixing with water) manganese
Base Diameter 12 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: GR
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2047-1928
Primary reference Number: 73047
Old object number: 3025
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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

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