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Jug: C.1698-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Possibly Unidentified Bristol pottery (Production)
Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with a fox, inscription, and borders

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, and reddish-brown. The jug is cylindrical with a projecting lip and applied handle which is concave inside and outside, and has a long V-shaped terminal. The outside is decorated wth a fox bounding to the left flanked by the words of an inscription:‘Good Ale Will' and
'Catch him’. Round the lower part there is a wide green band flanked by two narrow blue bands and another blue band. Below the rim there is a broad yellow band between two blue, with below it, groups of red vertical strokes between motifs made up of a blue W, a red V with curls at the bottom, and three pendant green leaves.


History note: The sale of a person named Fox at Banbury; bought by Mr Bateman, Gloucester Green, Oxford; bought for £8 on 10 February 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Early 18th Century
Queen Anne
George I
Circa 1710 CE - 1725 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and red) Body

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Good Ale Will Catch Him
  • Location: On side
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1698-1928
Primary reference Number: 72469
Old object number: 4854
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 October 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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