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Cream jug: C.606-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Factory)


Small salt-glazed stoneware jug painted with famille rose style floral decoration.

White stoneware salt-glazed and painted overglaze in pink, yellow, blue, orange, green and black enamels. The jug has slightly inward-curving sides, a wavy rim and a round foot. The handle is a loop is with an angular kick at the lower terminal. The outside of the jug is painted with a flowering branch, including a large pink flower on one side of the jug. Around the inside of the rim is a border of flowers.


History note: Provenance unidentified before collection of Mrs Cater, Colchester; bought by Mr Hunt as part of Lot 47 at the sale of the Cater collection at Sotheby’s on 23 July 1925 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest.

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - Circa 1765 1765 CE


The jug’s floral motifs and soft colours, especially the rose-pink, are designed to emulate the characteristic features of the Chinese famille rose style of decoration. This style was used on porcelain produced in China in the 18th-century for the western market, where it was bought by the wealthy elite and viewed as the height of sophistication and fashion. English potters working in salt-glazed stoneware often emulated styles from Oriental porcelain in order to make their wares appeal to the middle classes, who aspired to the fashions of the gentry but could not afford genuine Chinese wares.

School or Style

Rococo famille rose

Components of the work


Materials used in production

white Stoneware Enamels Salt-glaze

Techniques used in production

Painting overglaze Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on, octagonal white paper collector’s label with blue-border

  • Text: “4578 small salt glaze jug painted with flowers. b at the Cater Sale at Sotheby’s July 23, 1925”
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.606-1928
Primary reference Number: 75628
Old catalogue number: 4578
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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