Not currently on display at the V&A

Mug

ca. 1978 (designed), ca. 1978 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Earthenware mug of standard mug form, with straight-sides and angular handle. Glazed and printed on white body, with an image of Kermit the Frog in green on a red oval ground, framed in a brown baroque form. This is repeated. Between these two images are the words “The Muppet Show” in red and “Kermit” in dark brown.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Glazed earthenware
Brief description
Mug, 'Kiln Craft' tableware, glazed earthenware, manufactured by Staffordshire Potteries Ltd., original designed by Jim Henson, England, ca. 1978.
Physical description
Earthenware mug of standard mug form, with straight-sides and angular handle. Glazed and printed on white body, with an image of Kermit the Frog in green on a red oval ground, framed in a brown baroque form. This is repeated. Between these two images are the words “The Muppet Show” in red and “Kermit” in dark brown.
Dimensions
  • Width: 10.7cm
  • Height: 9.1cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'The Muppet Show' (In red)
  • 'Kermit' (In dark brown)
  • 'Kiln Craft Tableware made in England, Staffordshire Potteries Limited Dishwasher Safe, English Ironstone S7 79' (On bottom of mug in black glaze)
  • 'C Henson Assoc. Inc 1978' (On side of mug)
Credit line
Given by Mr Oliver Watson
Object history
Part of a large collection of mugs acquired in 1991. It aims to illustrate the various uses of the 'Mug as bearer of message' over the past decade.

The Muppet Show, and also Sesame Street in which Kermit appears, were amongst the most popular of children’s television programmes of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Invented by the late Jim Henson.
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession number
C.176-1991

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Record createdNovember 19, 2008
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