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Milk jug: EC.31.5-1942

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Milk jug


Production: Adams, William




Blue jasper ware, decorated with sprigged classical scenes in white.

Small, ovoid jug standing on a raised, slightly flared footrim, with applied spout and loop handle. The sidesare decorated with four scenes of classical figures, each in an ornate medallion frame, with gadrooning below and a band of small, looped circles above. The handle is ridged and foliated where it joins th body below, with a small oak-leaf sprig on the top.The spout juts sharply; it is foliated where it joins the body, with a stylised palmette design under the rim. The underside is flat with a slight foot-rim.


History note: Given as a wedding present to Mrs Kitchener (Mrs Piele’s grandmother), in 1800

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Kemthorne in memory of Dr & Mrs Peile, 1942

Measurements and weight

Height: 5 in
Width: 4.625 in

Place(s) associated

  • Tunstall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942-09-08) by Kempthorne, Mrs


18th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1799


Jasper, an unglazed hard stoneware with an impervious surface sheen, was introduced by Wedgwood in the mid 1770s. Other factories, notably Turners of Lane End, soon produced their own versions. Jasper was made in white or solid colour, often blue, and later by dipping in coloured slip (as this cup & saucer). The coloured body was often decorated with sprigs - designs formed in small plaster, clay or brass moulds – applied when the clay was leather hard. Adams is known to have bought sprig moulds in the Turner bankrupcy sale of 1806, though this set is earlier.

William Adams ran a pot works in Tunstall from 1779 until his death in 1805; the business then continued under his son Benjamin until 1821. They produced a wide range of products, but particularly stoneware and jasper ware jugs and mugs featuring neo-classical, hunting or contemporary scenes. In jasper they made ornamental vases, candlesticks, cameos and medallions, as well as tea sets and more unusual shapes.

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Materials used in production

jasper Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.31.5-1942
Primary reference Number: 76942
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 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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