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Mug - Christobal


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Derbyshire (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leonard, Barbara, born 1954 (designer)
    Nicholas John Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ironstone china with transfer-printed decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the maker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ironstone china of straight-sided cannister shape with a printed decoration consisting of a repeat motif of cherries in red and green. The same motif is repeated three times on the inside, near the rim.

Place of Origin

Derbyshire (made)


1982 (made)


Leonard, Barbara, born 1954 (designer)
Nicholas John Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Ironstone china with transfer-printed decoration

Marks and inscriptions

A view of the Derbyshire Dales surrounded by 'NICHOLAS JOHN'
Printed in red

Printed in green

In relief


Height: 10 cm, Width: 11 cm, Depth: 8 cm

Object history note

The mug shape is called "Harpur" and was designed by Nick Holland.

Historical significance: This mug is of interest for its nostalgia for an idealised domestic past.

Historical context note

Mugs have continued to gain popularity for use in the home and designers have been concerned to make the mug more attractive and acceptable to middle class tastes. Due to their straight-sided cylindrical shape, mugs are a convenient format for design and decoration in many styles. In the 1980s they have become like generic conveyors of style messages and are marketed in the same way T-shirts and greeting cards - the decoration on these examples would be successful on any of these media.

Descriptive line

'Christobal' Mug, ironstone china with transfer-printed decoration, designed by Barbara Leonard, made by Nicholas-John Ltd., England, 1982

Subjects depicted



ELISE; Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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