Porcelain jug depicting scenes from a pot works
- Object Number: 4213
- Simple Name: jug
- Production Place: Liverpool
- Production Place: Merseyside
- Production Place: England
- Production Organisation: Richard Chaffers and Co (attributed factory)
- Summary: Porcelain jug depicting scenes from a pot works. Overglaze painted scenes include the cutting of clay with a wire, weighing out the clay and throwing pots on a wheel. Above the scenes the products of the pottery factory are displayed in the style of armorial crests. Below the scene are the inscriptions ?Thomas Spencer? and the Latin, ?Multorum Manibus Grande Levatur Onus?.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: The jug was made and presented to Thomas Spencer on his marriage to Elizabeth Gibson in 1764. Spencer ran a pottery factory, known as the Mould Works, in Liverpool producing useful wares including sugar moulds, crucibles, water jars and mugs. The fact that a porcelain jug was commissioned from one of the Liverpool porcelain factories, rather than something from Spencer?s own factory, says something about the prestige and value attached to porcelain during this period. At the back of the scene on the jug a meddling figure can be seen backing into a shelf and knocking over pots. This implies that the message of the Latin inscription, ?Many hands make light work? is somewhat ironic. It is tempting to take this clumsy figure for Thomas Spencer himself and to interpret the jug as friendly jibe at him.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery