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  • Place of origin:

    Lisbon (made)

  • Date:

    1643 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and pewter

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Alfred Darby, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case H1, shelf 2

Experts have only recently identified where this type of jug was made. It now seems that Portuguese potters made these tin-glazed earthenware jugs for export to Germany. One clue is the clear influence of Chinese porcelain, which reflects the fact that the Portuguese were early traders with China.

Physical description

Tin-glazed earthenware jug with pewter lid, painted in blue, with the initials PL, a merchant's mark on the bottom. Pear-shaped body, long narrow neck, loop handle and wide spreading foot. On the front in an eight-lobed medallion reserved amongst scrolled stems with flowers and foliage, are the arms of the city of Hamburg (triple-towered castle flanked by two lions rampant) with the date '1643' above.

Place of Origin

Lisbon (made)


1643 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and pewter

Marks and inscriptions

'PL' [with a merchant's mark between the letters]

Above the coat of arms


Height: 34.9 cm, Diameter: 19.1 cm

Descriptive line

Tin-glazed earthenware jug with pewter lid, painted in blue enamel, made in Lisbon, 1643.

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

Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X


Earthenware; Tin glaze; Pewter


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Castle; Scrolls; Leaves; Foliage; Flowers; Lions; Medallion; Coat of arms


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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