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Puzzle jug

  • Place of origin:

    Liverpool (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Mary Martin, Preston, Lancashire

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Puzzle Jug, tin-glazed earthenware, buff coloured body, bluish white glaze, pooling inside the mouth, with many small white dots in the glaze, particularly visible on painted areas. Body inscribed 'From mother Earth, I claim my Birth/ I'm made a joke for man/ And now am here, fill'd with good Cheer/ Come taste it if you can'. The outer side of the handle has alternating ovals and stripes. Below and flanking the lower handle is an oriental landscape with rocks, pavilions and trees. All the decoration is in blue and manganese-purple. Round hollow handle with hole in underside near the top connects with the interior of the jug. Three nozzles, now missing, used to project from a hollow tube around the mouth. A concave chamber, pierced at the bottom with five small glazed holes, divides the body from the neck. (Alphabetic shape codes as used in appendix to Archer. Delftware. 1997)

Place of Origin

Liverpool (made)


ca. 1750-1760 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

'From mother Earth, I claim my Birth/ I'm made a joke for man/ And now am here, fill'd with good Cheer/ Come taste it if you can'.
Decoration; painted; paint


Height: 18.7 cm, Diameter: 14.4 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs Mary Martin, Preston, Lancashire, 1961.

Descriptive line

Puzzle jug, tin-glazed earthenware, painted, Liverpool, ca. 1750-1760

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


Tin glaze; Earthenware


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Trees; Landscapes (representations); Orientalism; Pavilions (garden structures)


Delftware; Ceramics; Earthenware; Drinking; Containers


Ceramics Collection

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