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Jug: C.530-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware, with applied medallion and incised decoration coloured with cobalt blue

Off-white salt-glazed stoneware, thrown, turned, and decorated with an applied moulded medallion, and incised decoration coloured with cobalt blue. The elongated baluster-shaped body has a narrow cylindrical neck with horizontal turned reeding around it. A strap handle of shallow triangular profile is attached on one side. On the front there is an applied oval medallion moulded with a crude bust of a crowned king flanked by the initials GR (for Georgius Rex). This is surrounded by six incised petals flanked by incised sprays of foliage, all coloured blue within the outlines. The neck is also coloured blue.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm
Width: 10.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1780 CE


The king referred to by the initials GR was is probably George III who came to the throne in 1760. The colouring and medallion were influenced by German salt-glazed stoneware from the Westerwald area. Wares of this type can be attributed to Staffordshire on the basis of sherds found at sites in Burslem.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 6.5 cm

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G R
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: In relief
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.530-1928
Primary reference Number: 75435
Old object number: R.529
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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