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Brown Stonewares

The majority of relief-moulded jugs are potted in plain white or coloured fine stoneware or parian, but some jugs are found in brown stoneware, either salt-glazed or with the later so-called Bristol glaze. These jugs are often copies of well-known moulded jugs, almost certainly mostly made in the traditional stoneware areas of Derbyshire or Lambeth in London. There is little evidence that such jugs were made in Staffordshire. This is a complex subject, not a focus for this website, but a selection of typical brown stoneware jugs are shown below.

Silenus (not titled)
A miniature brown stoneware version of the jug normally associated with Minton or Mason. Unmarked. Height only 7.5cm.
Gipsy Encampment (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of a jug by an unknown maker found in finer stoneware, sometimes glazed and/or with a moulded goat handle. Unmarked.
Miser (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of the jug by an unknown maker or makers (normally with the Spendthrift on the other side). This jug has the Miser on both sides. Impressed "W" at base of handle.
Spendthrift (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of the jug by an unknown maker or makers (normally with the Miser on the other side). This jug has the Spendthrift on both sides. Unmarked.
Siege of Acre (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of the jug normally associated with Samuel Alcock & Co. Unmarked. The metal mount around the base is unusual and might be a tinker repair covering a crack, resulting from frost damage?
Siege of Acre (not titled)
Another version of the Siege of Acre jug, almost certainly by another different maker. Again unmarked.
Figures in Arches (not titled)
A brown stoneware jug by an unknown maker, not yet recorded in any of the finer bodies. Unmarked. The subject appears to show the recruiting sergeant with one recruit bidding farewell to his loved ones having taken the King's shilling.
Silenus (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of the jug normally associated with Minton or Mason. Unmarked. This side depicts the drunken Silenus; the other has the infant Bacchus.
Camel and Elephant (not titled)
This brown stoneware version of a design by an unknown maker was made by Robert Bew at Bradley, near Bilston. Marked "R * BEW / BILSTON" (in the collection of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum)
Hanging Game (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of the jug normally associated with the so-called Chrysanthemum Factory. Unmarked. The same basic design is also found in Bohemian siderolith ware.
Good Samaritan (not titled)
Although neither relief-moulded nor a jug, this brown stoneware mug is decorated with sprigs clearly derived from the "Good Samaritan" jug by Jones & Walley. Unmarked.
Boar and Stag Hunt (not titled)
A Doulton & Watts brown stoneware version of the jug normally associated with Mason but also made by Edward Walley. Moulded mark "DOULTON & WATTS / LAMBETH POTTERY / LONDON"
 
Caricature (not titled)
A rather fine brown stoneware caricature jug. But who is it?. Unmarked.
Indian Groups (not titled)
A brown stoneware version of the jug normally associated with Samuel Alcock & Co. Unmarked.
Indian Groups (not titled)
Other side of the brown stoneware version of the jug.
 

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