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Wellington and Blucher commemorative mug: C.394-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Wellington and Blucher commemorative mug


Factory: uncertain




Grey-white stoneware mug with applied reliefs on blue slip ground, glazed.

Large, cylindrical, straight-sided mug having ear-shaped stap handle with inward and outward spurs. On the outside a turned band of white at top and bottom framing a blue-slipped ground. Opposite the handle a caduceus (a short staff entwined by two serpents, surmounted by wings) above clasped hands and two cornucopiae over a label inscribed ‘PEACE & PLENTY’. To the right is a bust of Wellington over a label inscribed ‘WELLINGTON’, and on the left a bust of Blucher over a label inscribed ‘BLUCHER’. The inscriptions are impressed and coloured black. Below the rim is a continuous spray of fruiting vine. The outside and inside are lightly glazed. The underside is flat with a slight foot-rim and unglazed.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Elizabeth Ruhlmann

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11.7 cm
Height: 11.0 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991) by Ruhlman, Elizabeth, Mrs


19th Century, Early#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1815


The reliefs resemble those on a MIST-type feldspathic stoneware jug attributed to Chetham & Woolley (under management of Ann Chetham after James Woolley left to set up on his own in the old Turner factory in 1809).

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Lettering composed of enamel ( black)
Background composed of slip ( blue)
Decoration composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Forming : Smear-glazed white (greyish) stoneware with applied white reliefs, blue slipped background, and black enamel lettering
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular

  • Text: From my Aunt, Ann Rankin Matthews, (Née Main) who bought mug in Calcutta Bazaar thinking it was Wedgewood. I took mug to Victoria and Albert Museum (with MCM). It was examined by the Director & pronounced ''Chestorford'' ware. a good piece.'
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.394-1991
Primary reference Number: 74780
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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