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Jug and cover - Portland Jug

Portland Jug

  • Object:

    Jug and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1846-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White stoneware, with dark-blue Jasper dip and applied reliefs in white, and pewter lid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by F.A. Mercer, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.102-1970

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 13, shelf 5

Physical description

Jug of white stoneware, with dark-blue Jasper dip and applied reliefs in white, and pewter lid. An adaptation of the Portland Vase shape (which was itself a copy of an antique Roman cameo-cut glass vase, probably of the first century after Christ). The figures have been interpreted as, on one side, Peleus led to Thetis by Cupid in the presence of Poseidon, on the other, Peleus and Aphrodite watching the sleeping Thetis.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)

Date

ca. 1846-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

White stoneware, with dark-blue Jasper dip and applied reliefs in white, and pewter lid

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm height with lid

Object history note

'Portland jugs' 'blue with white basreliefs' are listed in Wedgwood's '1843' Price Book from 1846 and appear to have continued in production throughout the century.

Descriptive line

'Portland jug', white stoneware with blue Jasper dip and applied reliefs in white, Josiah Wedgwood's factory, Staffordshire, ca. 1846-1900

Materials

Stoneware; Jasper ware; Pewter

Categories

Ceramics; Drinking

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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