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Mug

  • Place of origin:

    Fulham (made)

  • Date:

    1682 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Dwight's Fulham Pottery (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salt-glazed stoneware with engraved silver collar

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:853-1885

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery, case 13

Object Type
Small globular mugs with cylindrical necks, ultimately derived from the design of much larger imported German stoneware ale mugs, were current in the 1680s and 1690s. Usually made of expensive materials - including silver versions of the 1680s engraved with Chinoiserie motifs - they were intended for drinking strong ale or beer in the home. The stoneware mugs of this shape were termed 'gorges', meaning narrow-necked vessels.

Material & Making
John Dwight's 'fine white' stonewares attempted to copy the pure whiteness of Chinese porcelain. Paradoxically, however, the surviving examples made at Dehua (Fujian province, China) were clearly copied from Dwight's Fulham products, not the other way around. As mugs for ale or beer, they did not need to be heat-proof. Besides the white, red or brown stonewares, and heavier delftwares, clear and opaque white glass versions are also known.

Physical description

Mug of salt-glazed stoneware with a globular body, wide horizontally reeded neck and grooved lip handle, and the mouth is mounted with a silver collar engraved with the initials 'S S' and the date '1682'.

Place of Origin

Fulham (made)

Date

1682 (made)

Artist/maker

John Dwight's Fulham Pottery (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Salt-glazed stoneware with engraved silver collar

Marks and inscriptions

'S S' and '1682' [Engraved]
Date; collar; 1682

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm, Width: 10.5 cm including handle, Depth: 8.3 cm, Diameter: 8.3 cm maximum, Diameter: 6.5 cm mouth, Diameter: 5.3 cm base

Object history note

One of two mugs with 414:853/A-1885 (Sch. II 58A).

Descriptive line

Mug of salt-glazed stoneware with a globular body, wide horizontally reeded neck and grooved lip handle, and the mouth is mounted with a silver collar, made by John Dwight's Fulham Pottery, Fulham, 1682.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
CHINESE PORCELAIN AND EUROPEAN IMITATIONS

The whiteness of Chinese porcelain, became the ultimate goal of European potters and they tried many methods to imitate it. A coating of white clay slip tended to flake off an earthenware body, as did a white tin-glaze. High-fired stoneware, as in the German jug, was self-coloured but could be refined only to a light grey/white. John Dwight used Dorset clay and Isle of Wight sand for his expensive lathe-turned 'gorge' mugs, intended for strong ale. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Salt-glazed stoneware; Silver; Salt glaze; Stoneware

Techniques

Engraved

Categories

British Galleries; Stoneware; Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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