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Jug: EC.1-1937

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Toft, Thomas (Probably)




Earthenware with slip decoration and lead-glaze

Pale red earthenware, thrown, with applied pulled handle, decorated with cream and brown slips under a glossy lead-glaze which stops about 1.5 cm above the edge of the base. The body appears mid-brown under the yellowish lead-glaze. The jug has a cylindrical neck, and a slightly bulbous body which contracts into a narrow solid foot with a projecting edge. The strap handle has a slight longitudinal ridge. The neck is slip-trailed in brown with white spots over it with a narrow horizontal band below which is the name THOMAS TOFT. Below there is a broad cream slip band impressed with a row of Xs, and there is a similar band below the main field. This is decored wth five almond-shaped motifs outlined with cream slip and impressed Xs, and having a cream slip rosette in the centre of the pale red clay ground. In each space between them there is a vertical motif comprising a lozenge flanked by almond-shaped motifs impressed over cream slip. The ground is dark brown.


History note: Charles J. Lomax collection; sold Sotheby's, 7 April 1937, Well-known Collection of English Pottery, lot

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.2 cm
Width: 12 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1937-04-07) by Sotheby's


Late 17th Century
Charles II
Circa 1660 CE - 1685 CE


One of only five recorded pieces of hollowware signed by Thomas Toft.

This is a rare example of holloware bearing the name THOMAS TOFT, and is presumed to have been made by the potter who placed his name on many large dishes. A tyg is in the Yorkshire Museum at York, and a posset pot is in the Burrell Collection at York.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( cream and brown)
Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze ( yellowish)

Materials used in production

pale red Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On neck
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Circular ceam paper label transfer-printed in green with a slipware dish decorated wtih Prince Charles's head in the Boscobel oak flanked by a lion and a unicorn and with a criss-cross border broken at the bottom by a panel bearing the words LOMAX COLLECTION

  • Text: LOMAX COLLECTION (printed) and 62.A ) in black ink
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in green and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.1-1937
Primary reference Number: 76861
Glaisher additions number: Gl. Add. 60-1937
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 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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