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Jug: C.322-1928

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Agate ware partially coated with white slip, with rouletted and incised decoration under pale yellow lead-glaze. Inscribed 'George Benteley 1779/Fill us the Other Jug'

Pale red and buff agate ware, coated on the exterior of the body with white slip, except for the lip, and a band immediately above the base, with four horizontal double bands of rouletted beading, and deeply incised decoration under pale yellow lead-glaze. The jug stands on a projecting footring, and has bulbous sides, an incurved cylindrical neck, sparrow beak lip, and strap handle with vertical grooves on each side, and a kick at the lower end. On the front below the lip is the inscription 'George Benteley 1779/Fill us the Other Jug'. The rest of the body is decorated with incised and carved stylized sprays of flowers and foliage which overlay the central rouletted bedading. On the neck there are seven vertical sprays of paired leaves with a large leaf at the top end of each. The interior and the handle are brown.


History note: John Eliot Hodgkin; Wilfrid Harding, corner of King Street and St James's Square, London, from whom purchased on 17 September 1913 for £45 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.5 cm
Width: 19.8 cm

Relative size of this object

19.8 cm24.5 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: AD 1779

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part Of Exterior composed of slip ( white) Foot Diameter 11.4 cm
Body Decoration

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: George Benteley 1779/Fill us the Other Jug
  • Location: On front of jug
  • Method of creation: Incised through slip coating to reveal red body
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Rectangular white paper label with the top corners cut, and a red line on all but the lower edge.

  • Text: No 3654/Sgrafiato jug,/white slip on/a brown ground/with inscription/'George Bentely 1779,/fill us the other jug/From the Hodgkin/collection (no 324/p. 62)/b. in London /Sept 17 1913
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.322-1928
Primary reference Number: 74532
Old object number: 3654
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 March 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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