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Jug - Britannia jug

Britannia jug

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Lane Delph (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pratt, William (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    earthenware, moulded and painted in underglaze colours (prattware)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by M. G. A. Graham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 1

Physical description

Jug, earthenware with lead glaze and decoration moulded in relief and coloured green, blue, orange and brown. Ovoid in form, with straight neck and angular loop handle. The body creamy in tone, the glaze bluish. Formed in panels are the subjects of Britannia seated against a circular shield, holding an olive branch in her right hand and a trident in her left. At her feet is a seated lion; a ship is in the background. On the other side is a scene of the 'Sailor's Return' with a single figure of a sailor waving a swagger stick, his ship in the background with rocks on either side.

Place of Origin

Lane Delph (made)


ca. 1790-1800 (made)


Pratt, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques

earthenware, moulded and painted in underglaze colours (prattware)


Height: 12.7 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by Malcolm G.A. Graham

Descriptive line

Jug, 'Britannia', earthenware, possibly by Pratt of Lane Delph, about 1790-1800

Production Note

An identical jug to this is impressed PRATT in capital letters on the base. made at the Pratt pottery in Lane Delph.


Earthenware; Lead glaze



Subjects depicted

Olive branch; Sailor; Ship; Shield


Ceramics; Pratt ware

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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