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Ceramic

ca.1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is an earthenware presentation jug decorated with hand-painted lustre-glazed transfer prints of theatrical engravings and chap-book prints. It was made by the Staffordshire firm of Elsmore and Forster, Clayhills Pottery, Tunstall, which operated between 1853 and 1871 and appears to have specialised in this type of jug. They produced various examples of them, all decorated with engraved images relating to popular entertainment, so it seems that they had acquired a stock of old prints which they printed in different combinations on various-sized jugs. Clown images printed on jugs are rare but this clown print also features on two other similar Elsmore and Forster jugs.

It is profusely decorated with decorations on the inside and outside of the rim - stylised foliate decorations inside, with ivy leaf and berry decorations outside. The handle is also decorated, and the body of the jug features two full-length clown engravings, as well as the face of the clown Joe Cashmore, a group of the pantomime characters Pantaloon, Columbine, Harlequin and Clown, and a repeat on the other side of Harlequin, Columbine and Clown, without Pantaloon, but instead another booted Cavalier-type character. Around the lowest section of the jug are five small chap-book figures, including one of Mr Punch with Toby the dog, and another of Clown.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Glazed earthenware
Brief Description
Lustre-glazed earthenware presentation jug decorated with prints of pantomime characters including Clown, Harlequin, Pantaloon and Harlequin, and chap-book figures. Made by Elsmore and Forster, Staffordshire, between 1853 and 1871.
Physical Description
Glazed earthenware jug very highly decorated with coloured decorations on both the inside and outside of the rim; stylised foliate decorations inside, with ivy leaf and berry decorations outside. The handle is also decorated, and the cream body of the jug features two full-length clown engravings, as well as the face of the clown Joe Cashmore; a group of the pantomime characters Pantaloon, Columbine, Harlequin and Clown, as well as a repeat on the other side of Harlequin, Columbine and Clown, without Pantaloon, but instead another booted Cavalier-type character. Around the lowest section of the jug are five small chap-book figures, including one of Mr Punch with Toby the dog, and another of Clown. The prints used on the jug are of an earlier date than the manufacture, and other jugs in this group are decorated with Bewick late 18th century engraving of animals as shown at Pidcock's Menagerie.
Dimensions
  • Height: 22.5cm
  • Of base diameter: 13.0cm
  • Maximum width across jug opening diameter: 19.0cm
  • Maximum width width: 29.0cm
Credit line
Bequeathed by Frances Lilla Healing
Production
This was made at Clayhills Pottery, Tunstall, between 1853 and 1871.
Subject depicted
Summary
This is an earthenware presentation jug decorated with hand-painted lustre-glazed transfer prints of theatrical engravings and chap-book prints. It was made by the Staffordshire firm of Elsmore and Forster, Clayhills Pottery, Tunstall, which operated between 1853 and 1871 and appears to have specialised in this type of jug. They produced various examples of them, all decorated with engraved images relating to popular entertainment, so it seems that they had acquired a stock of old prints which they printed in different combinations on various-sized jugs. Clown images printed on jugs are rare but this clown print also features on two other similar Elsmore and Forster jugs.



It is profusely decorated with decorations on the inside and outside of the rim - stylised foliate decorations inside, with ivy leaf and berry decorations outside. The handle is also decorated, and the body of the jug features two full-length clown engravings, as well as the face of the clown Joe Cashmore, a group of the pantomime characters Pantaloon, Columbine, Harlequin and Clown, and a repeat on the other side of Harlequin, Columbine and Clown, without Pantaloon, but instead another booted Cavalier-type character. Around the lowest section of the jug are five small chap-book figures, including one of Mr Punch with Toby the dog, and another of Clown.
Collection
Accession Number
S.209-1998

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