- Object Name: jug
- Accession Number: 1994.995
- Description: Pratt Jug, presented to John Durie, blue line round rim and base, pictures in relief on either side showing a lady and gentleman, base glaze of cream with painted blue, green and brown, slipcast stoneware
Although this jug has no maker's mark it has been attributed to the Prestonpans pottery of Charles Belfield and Company. The style originated in Staffordshire, with which the Prestonpans potters once had strong links, but was popular and much copied.
This is a slipcast stoneware jug in the Prattware style. The sides have two relief scenes depicting a courting couple and the jug is further decorated with foliate and geometric designs. It has been hand coloured, using a palette of orange, brown, blue and green; the glaze is slightly blue tinted.
Prestonpans in East Lothian has an ancient connection with the manufacture of pottery. It had readily available local supplies of clay and of coal, and therefore had access to two of the essential raw ingredients for the industry. Local entrepreneurs attracted master potters from Staffordshire and the industry thrived from the middle of the eighteenth century.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council Museums Service