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Sussex Pig: C.27 & A-D-1996

An image of Flask in the shape of a pig

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Current Location: In storage


Sussex Pig


Production: Rye Pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware flask, in the shape of a Sussex pig, painted in bluish-grey.

Pale buff earthenware, moulded, with incised mouth and inscription, tin-glazed white and painted in bluish-grey. The stylised pig is made in two parts: body, and head, which is attached by means of a projection which latches into a hole at the top of the rim of the body. On the top of the body next to the junction with the head is the inscription 'wunt be druv'. The pig is painted all over with circles, ovals, hearts, spots and squiggles, and with two large oval shapes on the ears. The pig is accompanied by a red cardboard rectangular box and cover (C.27B & C-1996), with a white label on the top, printed in black with a line border enclosing an image of the pig and the inscription 'The Sussex Pig/RYE POTTERY/RYE SUSSEX ENGLAND'. Inside the box is a folding label of the same design with an inscription (C.27D-1996)


History note: New Century Antiques, Kensington Church Street, London, W.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.0 cm
Length: 14.0 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Rye ⪼ Sussex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1996) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Mid-20th Century
Circa 1953 - 1970

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( bluish-grey)
Mouth, Inscription

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, with incised mouth and inscription, tin-glazed white and painted in bluish-grey.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Stamped in blue
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: folding label of the same design with, on the back on the left

  • Text: 'And you can pook/and you can shove/but a Sussex pig/he wun't be druv.'/Old Sussex Poem', and on the right 'The Sussex Pig with its motto/wun't be druv' was originally used/at weddings in the country,/to drink the health of the bride and bridegroom with/customary Sussex wit./The head was removable and stood/on its snout as a mug./From this the guests could drink/the traditional 'Hogshead of beer,/without overmuch indulgence./The body served as a jug/and could sit on its haunches./Examples of early Sussex Pigs are/in collections throughout England,/and the British Museum possesses/one from the 18th century.'
  • Location: Inside box (C.27B & C-1996)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27 & A-D-1996
Primary reference Number: 73926
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 September 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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