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Puzzle jug: C.495-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White stoneware, pierced, incised, and salt-glazed

White stoneware, pierced, incised, and salt-glazed. Pear-shaped body with high neck divided near the middle by a projecting tube communicating with the loop handle, and having four sucking spouts (one restored) projecting from it. Above this are two rows of triangular perforations. Below are perforations forming three rosettes with small circular holes in the spaces between them. The rim at the top has a scalloped edge with a narrow rope-like border below. There is a band of beading on the shoulder, and a ropelike border on the edge of the foot. The front has an incised inscription: 'From Mother Earth I took/My birth and now a Joke to/Man so I stand here fill'd with/Good Cheer Come taste me/If you can'. The base is inscribed 'J. Ford'.


History note: Sotheby's, 5 March 1926, lot 13, purchased by Hunt for £6 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1760 - 1775 1775

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Body: Diameter 12 cm
Handle-front: Width 11.5 cm
Inscription: Neck:

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in script

  • Text: J Ford
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Signature
  • Text: From Mother Earth I took/My birth and now a Joke to/Man so I stand here fill'd with/Good Cheer Come taste me/If you can
  • Location: On front of jug
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.495-1928
Primary reference Number: 75295
Old object number: 4928
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 24 October 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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