Water Jug and Goblet

Ref: 2236
  • Maker

    Manufactured by W.H.B. & J. Richardson

  • Detail

    Enamelled glass

    23.5 cm high (jug)

    16.5 cm high (goblet)

    English (Stourbridge), circa 1848

  • Marked

    The jug marked ‘RICHARDSONS VITRIFIED’ and with design registration kite mark for 13 June 1848 (printed in black under base).  The goblet with the date mark (printed in red under base)

  • Literature

    Catherine Futter, et al., Bloch Galleries: Highlights from the Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, p. 37 (2004.43.1,2), for a jug and goblet of identical form and with the same scheme of decoration differently painted, and a painted opaline goblet of the same form

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    The water lilies on the jug and goblet illustrate two key principles of nineteenth-century British design: naturalistic ornament and a relationship between function and ornament.  Aquatic plants appropriately adorn water vessels, indicating their purpose.

    Another jug of this type is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (CIRC.167-1964).