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Hunting Mug: EC.2-1937

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Hunting Mug


Pottery: Vauxhall Pottery




Salt-glazed with incised, applied, and hand-modelled decoration, brown dip, and salt-glaze: a hare hunt, an inn sign of Queen Ann between Beefeaters, Boscobel Oaks each harbouring a head of future Charles II, and inscription, ‘Drink about Boys to the Pious Memory of Queen Ann/Mary Bayley/1730’

Grey-buff stoneware, thrown and turned, with applied moulded reliefs, hand-modelled trees, and incised decoration and inscription. The upper part had a thin brown wash applied before salt-glazing. Cylindrical, with two pairs of turned bands round the base and one below the rim, and applied loop handle with a longitudinal depression between two ridges. Decorated on the front with an applied inn sign of Queen Ann flanked by standing Beefeaters, with an incised church below, and on either side of the handle, hand-modelled trees, each having an incised head of the future Charles II in the middle. Below, going in a clockwise direction, is a huntsman, and eight hounds chasing a hare. Round the top is an incised inscription: ‘Drink about Boys to the Pious Memory of Queen Ann/Mary Bayley/1730’


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

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.5 cm
Height: 8½ in
Width: 29 cm
Width: 7½ cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1937)


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Production date: dated AD 1730


This mug is one of a group with a hunt proceeding in a clock-wise direction round the body. Accessioned as Fulham, it is now attributed to the Vauxhall Pottery. The earliest example of this type is dated 1713 and the latest 1744

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Components of the work

Upper Part composed of slip ( brown)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

grey-buff Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Drink about Boys to the Pious Memory of Queen Ann/Mary Bayley/1730
  • Location: Round top of body with date on either side of Queen Ann
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label printed in red to resemble a slipware dish, with King Charles's jhead in the Boscobel Oak flanked by a lion and a unicorn holding a panel inscribed 'I.S.'; surrounded round the top, by a criss-cross border, and round the lower part by the inscription

  • Text: LOMAX COLLECTION printed, I.S. hand-written
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red, and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.2-1937
Primary reference Number: 76903
Glaisher additions number: Gl. Add.61-1937
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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