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Fair Hebe Jug: C.33-1934

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Fair Hebe Jug


Production: Richard Meir Astbury's Factory
Proprietor: Astbury, Richard Meir
Modeller: Voyez, John




Cream earthenware, with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, decorated with coloured glazes


History note: Cecil Baring, 3rd Lord Revelstoke; sold Puttick & Simpson, London, 20-23 November 1934, Catalogue of an Important Collection of Old English Pottery, the property of the Rt. Hon. Lord Revelstoke, lot 87

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fenton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934-11-20) by Puttick & Simpson


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1788 : date of model by John Voyez


The jug was made after a model by John Voyez (1835-1800). Hebe was the subject of a song adapted from Part I of A Pastoral Ballad in Four Parts (1743), by William Shenstone (1714-1763). This origin is supported by a teapot modelled by Voyez, decorated with a portrait medallion of Shenstone on one side, and Fair Hebe and her lover on the other.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ASTBURY
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: RMA
  • Location: On outside of jug
  • Method of creation: Moulded integrally with body
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: I VOYEZ/1788
  • Location: On outside of jug
  • Method of creation: Moulded integrally with body
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33-1934
Primary reference Number: 74569
Glaisher additions number: Gl. Add.50-1934
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 25 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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