Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery

Puzzle Jug

ca. 1750-1760 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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)


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Tin-glazed earthenware, painted
Brief Description
Puzzle jug, tin-glazed earthenware, painted, Liverpool, ca. 1750-1760
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)
Dimensions
  • Height: 18.7cm
  • Diameter: 14.4cm
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)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Mary Martin, Preston, Lancashire
Object history
Given by Mrs Mary Martin, Preston, Lancashire, 1961.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
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
Other Number
D5. - <u>Delftware</u> (1997) cat. no.
Collection
Accession Number
C.42-1961

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record createdJanuary 29, 2000
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