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Jug with lid

Jug with lid

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preuning, Paul (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with coloured lead glazes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 25, shelf 2

Lead-glazed earthenware with applied or 'sprigged' decoration was made in several pottery-making centres in Bavaria and Austria in the 1500s. The Preuning family of potters based in Nuremburg is recorded as making high class pottery of this type, although there are no marked pieces known, and there are also other workshops associated with these wares.

Physical description

Jug in lead-glazed earthenware of tapering baluster shape, applied with a twisted handle and a hinged pewter cover, the base and foot rim also in pewter, the body applied with sprigs depicting Adam and Eve, standing flanking the Tree of Knowledge with stylised scrolling branches, leaves and flowers, Adam holds an apple and has a lion by his side, Eve also with an apple, she has a stag besides her, the applied decoration is picked out in ochre, blue, white and brown glazes on the predominantly green-glazed ground.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)


ca. 1550 (made)


Preuning, Paul (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with coloured lead glazes

Descriptive line

Lead glaze earthenware decorated with coloured glazes and relief figures depicting Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge; with pewter lid. Probably made by Paul Preuning. Germany, Nuremberg, about 1550.

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

See Ceramics and Glass Section Object Information File held in Ceramics and Glass Section office

Labels and date

Jug with pewter lid depicting Adam & Eve and the Tree of Knowledge
Probably made by Paul Preuning, Nuremberg, Germany about 1550
Earthenware with coloured lead glazes

256-1855 [16/07/2008]





Subjects depicted

Tree of Knowledge


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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