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Owl Jug: C.252 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Owl Jug


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Earthenware, thrown in two parts, decorated with slip-trailing in two shades of brown and white slip, and lead-glazed


History note: George Stoner, Stoner & Evans, King Street, St James's Square, London, from whom purchased on 24 November 1915 (with white salt-glazed stoneware owl C.497 & A-1928 for £280), by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Circa 1680 - Circa 1700


Owl jugs were made in tin-glazed earthenware in some of the German states and in Switzerland in the late sixteenth century, and in salt-glazed stoneware in the Rhineland. No definite link between these Continental owls and the late 17th century English slipware owls has been discovered, but in view of the large quantities of German stoneware bottles imported into England in the 17th century, it is possible that a German stoneware owl jug could have been imported.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( clay and water)
Surface composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.252 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73655
Old object number: 2736
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 18 June 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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