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Puzzle jug

  • Place of origin:

    Bristol (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Museum number:

    275-1896

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 4, shelf 5

Physical description

Puzzle jug, tin-glazed earthenware, with a buff coloured body and a greyish white glaze; entire base wiped clean of glaze. Body inscribed 'TRY HOW TO DRINK/ AND NOT TO SPILL/ AND PROVE THE/ UTMOST OF YOUR SKILL', within a border of rococo scrolls with a winged cupid's head above and a shell and lion's mask below, flanked by festoons of flowers. The handle and mouth are sponged. All the decoration is in blue.
The jug is slightly concave on underside, with a round handle with two attached ribs along its full length, with a hole in underside near the top. Three nozzles project from the mouth. (Alphabetic shape codes as used in appendix to Archer. Delftware. 1997)

Place of Origin

Bristol (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1770-1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

'TRY HOW TO DRINK/ AND NOT TO SPILL/ AND PROVE THE/ UTMOST OF YOUR SKILL'
Decoration; Incorporated into the decoration on the body of the jug.; painted

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Diameter: 14.4 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs M. Woods, Cirencester, 1896.

Descriptive line

Puzzle jug, tin-glazed earthenware, probably Bristol, ca. 1770-1775.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Michael. Delftware: the tin-glazed earthenware of the British Isles. A catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997. ISBN 0 11 290499 8

Materials

Tin glaze; Earthenware

Techniques

Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Putti; Shell (motif); Scrolls (motifs); Lion (animal); Floral patterns

Categories

Delftware; Ceramics; Earthenware; Containers; Drinking

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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