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  • Place of origin:


  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (Designed by)
    William Ault Pottery (Made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Frances Mary Bradley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This jug is an example of the collaboration between Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) and the Ault Pottery in Swadlincote, Staffordshire, in the 1890s. Dresser was one of the most important designers and design theorists of his time and was influential in the field of ceramics, supplying designs to manufacturers such as Mintons and the Linthorpe Art Pottery, where he was Art Director. The Ault Pottery was formed in 1887 after William Ault left his partnership with Henry Tooth at the Bretby Art Pottery in Derbyshire. Dresser supplied designs for Ault until about 1896, although the designs were still in production for some years after this. Ault acquired many moulds from the Linthorpe Art Pottery after it closed in 1889, so it is possible that the jug was originally designed for Linthorpe, but produced here by Ault.

Dresser's designs took inspiration from across the globe, often incorporating elements of Japanese, Middle Eastern or South American styles. This is evident in the design for this jug, with the elongated neck and angular handle creating an unusual shape reminiscent of a Persian oil ewer or Greek wine vessel. The free application of the glaze is typical of Dresser's art pottery and the jug was produced in a variety of colours and glazes.

Physical description

Small jug with flat rounded base and thin neck leading to the spout. The opening of the jug is in a keyhole shape. The handle is angular and taller than the spout, rising up in a right angle and tapering down to the base. The jug is glazed in yellow, with a mottled brown glaze on the lower half of the neck and covering the base. The lower half of the neck is decorated with a band of circles and incised vertical lines. There is a fleck of green glaze on one side of the spout.

Place of Origin





Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (Designed by)
William Ault Pottery (Made by)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, glazed


Height: 18.2 cm, Width: 13 cm, Diameter: 11.8 cm

Descriptive line

Jug designed by Christopher Dresser for the Ault Pottery, about 1890




Ceramics; Art Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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