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Jug: C.2049-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey salt-glazed stoneware with incised and applied moulded decoration painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple

Grey stoneware, thrown and turned, with incised and applied moulded decoration, painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple before salt-glazing. The globular jug stands on a solid disc base. It has a cylindrical neck with horizontal turned rilling, and a small strap handle of D section, which has a hole at the top to take a mount. The front is applied with a circular medallion enclosing the cypher GR for George I (or George II) of England under a crown. Above it is a fan-shaped motif, and on each side, a broad band of chequer pattern with three impressed rosettes above and below. The design is picked out in cobalt-blue and the neck is painted in manganese-purple except for the area below the handle.


History note: Bought at Great Yarmouth in 1893 by S.J. Freeman of Cambridge; bought (in 1893?) by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.9 cm
Width: 11.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


George I
Circa 1714 - 1727


Stoneware production in the Westerwald was at first centred on the villages of Höhr, Grenzau and Grenzhausen, and spread to nearby villages, such as Hilgert. It is rarely possible to identify the place of production for individual pots. Large quantities of Westerwald drinking vessels were exported to England in the 17th and 18th centuries. This jug was probably made during the reign of George I (1714-27) but might have been made in the early part of the reign of George II. A less bulbous jug in the Victoria and Albert Museum decorated with chequer pattern and a different medallion with the cipher,GR, is attributed probably to the reign of George II c. 1740 (Circ.88.1919).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt manganese
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 5 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2049-1928
Primary reference Number: 73049
Old object number: 1268
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 April 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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