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  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spode Ceramic Works (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with marbled decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 12, shelf 6

This mug shows a marbled decoration. This was achieved by applying different coloured slips (liquid clay) to an earthenware body. The slips could then be worked through, such as by dragging a comb, to create marbled patterning. In appearance marbled wares are similar to earlier agate-ware. Agate-ware involved wedging different coloured clays together to form the body. The patterning was therefore solid throughout rather than being a marbled covering. Agate-ware was more time-consuming and expensive to perfect than surface marbling and was mainly produced during the early to mid eighteenth century, whereas marbling continued into the early nineteenth century.

Physical description

Mug, decorated with marbling in white and coloured clays. Cylindrical with moulded base. Made in a two-piece mould from clay covered with the surface marbling as mould join is evident inside with marbling smoothed over.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


ca.1830 (made)


Spode Ceramic Works (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with marbled decoration


Height: 8.9 cm, Diameter: 8 cm

Object history note

Given by W. H. Goss, Esq. Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street.

Descriptive line

Mug with marbled decoration, Spode, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, about 1830

Production Note

This mug was given to Jermyn Street by W.H.Goss and catalogued there as Spode. One can assume that, with Goss' connections with the potteries, the attribution is correct.






Ceramics; Earthenware

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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