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Small pink lustre jug: C.3-1908

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Current Location: In storage


Small pink lustre jug


Unidentified factory (Possibly)




White earthenware, glazed, hand-decorated and resist-lustred.

Ovoid body tapering to a slightly projecting foot, with a concave neck, curved lip and angular handle. Decorated over-glaze on the body with a wide resist-lustre band of hand-drawn, stylised leaves and flowers, with thin sgraffito scrolls added. There are two thin lustre bands around the shoulder, a thicker band around the inside and outside of the rim and a lustre outline along the sides of the handle. The underside is flat and glazed, with a raised foot-rim.

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Width: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Gurney, Mrs


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1810 CE - Circa 1820 CE


Resist lustreware was typically produced by drawing, transfer printing or stencilling the design over-glaze then applying a wax or oily coating to the design with a fine brush. The jug was then coated in lustre, which only adhered to the unpainted parts. Pink lustre is produced by depositing minute amounts of gold onto the white earthenware surface. Silver lustre, which uses platinum, was however more popular for resist lustre jugs, which generally date from the early part of the nineteenth century. Leeds and Staffordshire were the main centres of production.

This type of jug was made for everyday use. The shape and size of this example suggest it is a milk jug.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of resist ( (oil or wax)) lustre ( pink)

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Type: No visible mark
  • Text: 'G9' (in red); '142' (in black)
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Circular paper label, handwritten
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-1908
Primary reference Number: 74459
Old object number: G.9-1908
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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