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Jug: C.762-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




White earthenware, painted under very pale blue blue glaze with a molecatcher and his implements, a man leading a horse, and the inscription and dated 'Ralph/Madew/Aged 40/1804'.

White earthenware, painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and dark brown under very pale blue glaze. Pearlware. Barrel-shaped body with cylindrical neck, projecting lip, and angled strap handle. Painted on one side with a small man leading a brown horse with a yellow blanket, and on the other with a mole catcher holding a spade in his left hand and in his right, a rods and a mole trap resting on his right shoulder. He stands on greensward with a set trap in front of him, and on each side, a trap containing a mole suspended from a rod. Above to the left is a decanter over crossed clay pipes, with a drinking glass to the left. Above to the right is a spray of two blue flowers and leaves. Below the lip is the inscription and date, 'Ralph/Madew/Aged 40/1804', with a spray of tiny blue flowers above, and another to the left. Round the neck there is a yellow and orange scalloped ribbon reserved in a brown ground, with a narrow horizontal brown band below, and a broad blue band above. Round the shoulder there is a broad blue band between two narrow bands, and round the base, and inside of the rim, a blue band. The entire back of the handle is decorated with a spray of paired leaves, and there is feathering at its junction with the body at top and bottom.


History note: Mr Withers, Silver Street, Leicester, from whom purchased by Dr Glaisher on 21 June 1910 for £1.15.0.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George III
Production date: dated AD 1804


The owner was probably the Ralph Madew christened on 5 April 1765 at St James' church, Audley, Staffordshire, the son of John and Frances Madew. He married Catherine, and the first of eight children, John Madew, was christened on 6 January 1804 at the same church. He died in 1830 and was buried at Barthomley. It was not uncommon for children to be baptised some months after their birth, and this would account for the slight discrepancy in his age in 1804. This makes it likely that the jug was made in Staffordshire.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours
Base Diameter 8.8 cm
Handle-lip Width 17.3 cm

Materials used in production

very slightly blue tinted Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.762-1928
Primary reference Number: 76016
Old object number: 3168
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 February 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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