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Jug: C.2051-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey salt-glazed stoneware with incised and applied decoration painted in bright blue and manganese-purple; on the front, is a medallion enclosing a crown over 'GR' and the date '1724', flanked by stylized floral decoration

Grey stoneware, thrown and turned, with an applied handle, incised and applied moulded decoration, painting in manganese-purple and blue, and salt-glaze. The jug has a bulbous body, a cylindrical neck with turned rilling, and a loop handle with two holes on the top to take a mount for the cover. On the front is a circular relief medallion enclosing a crown over the initials GR and the date 1724 with a winged cherub's head below. To the left of the crown are the joined initials HP and on the right a W. The medallion is surrounded by the incised rays of a star or sun. On either side, reserved in a bright blue ground, there is a boldly incised plant stem bearing tulips, leaves, daisy-like flowers, and circular buds, curving around a motif formed by three large circles with mounts of smaller semi-circles above and below.


History note: Sotheby's, 4 November 1904, lot 400; purchased for £1.12s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Width: 21.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Production date: dated AD 1724


The date indicates that the jug was made during the reign of George I (1714-27). A jug in the Victoria & Albert Museum has an almost similar medallion on the front with a crown, GR, and a winged cherub's head below, but no date (inv. no. 3735-1901).

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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-oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: large initials with much smaller date below; the 1 is crossed by a paraph and the 2 is like a Z

  • Text: GR/1724
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: HP joined and W
  • Location: On medallion
  • Type: Maker's mark?

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2051-1928
Primary reference Number: 73051
Old object number: 2163
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 September 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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