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Small copper lustre jug: C.6-1983

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Titles

Small copper lustre jug

Maker(s)

Possibly Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery

Description

Red earthenware, thrown, partially slip-coated, glazed and painted and dipped in lustre.

Small, pear-shaped, copper-lustre coated jug with a curved lip, harped-shaped loop handle and a low foot-rim. Around the neck is a band of white with an impression of landscape painted in pink lustre. The interior, below the copper-lustre neck, is coated with glazed cream slip. The underside is flat and lustred with a narrow foot-ring.

Notes

History note: Unknown before Miss A.L. Wyatt

Legal notes

Given by Miss A.L. Wyatt

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13.2 cm
Height: 10.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983) by Wyatt, Agnes L., Miss

Dating

Second quarter of 19th century
Production date: circa AD 1830

Note

Coating in copper lustre became popular c.1830. A red earthenware or other dark clay was used for the body which, after biscuit firing, was dipped in or painted with pink-gold lustre. This was often combined with other decorating techniques; here a pink lustre design has been painted onto a band of creamy-white slip.

English lustreware was commercially produced from c.1805 and popular throughout the first half of the 19th Century. Staffordshire potters were the first and largest producers, though similar wares were also made in other regions and pink lustreware is often particularly associated with Sunderland. Minute amounts of gold were used to produce copper, gold, pink or purple lustre, depending on the type of clay, lustre formula, number of layers and firing temperature; platinum was used to mimic silver. Most lustreware was made for everyday use, and factory markings are rare.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre ( copper and pink (gold)) Body Handle

Materials used in production

Red earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-1983
Primary reference Number: 75676
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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