- Object Number: STKMG:1963.P.34
- Simple Name: jug, cow creamer
- Full Name: cow creamer
- Production Place: Tyneside (attributed to)
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: moulded
- Production Period:
- Production Organisation: I. Mole (factory)
- Summary: Earthenware cream jug in the form of a cow with milk maid. White coloured body decorated with patches of black. Under the cow's udder sits a small milkmaid, totally out of proportion to the cow. The piece stands on an elliptical, colourfully painted base mound. Named in the Keiller Collection as Lilliput Bos. Attributed to Tyneside, early 19th century.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: This creamer is part of a collection presented to the museum by Mrs Gabrielle M. Keiller in 1962. The group consists of 667 cow cream jugs built up by Gabrielle and her husband, Alexander, over a 30 year period. Each cow is individually named, many with the second Bos, Latin for cow.
- Additional Notes: Cow Creamers are so called because of the opening at the back into which cream or milk can be added. An opening in the mouth allowed liquid to be poured and the tail often serves as a handle to lift and tip the creamer.
- Additional Notes: The earliest cow creamers in England were imports from Holland, made in silver. From the mid 18th century Staffordshire potters copied the idea. The popularity of ceramic cow creamers grew throughout the remainder of the 18th century and into the 19th century. Production spread to include the potteries of Tyneside, Yorkshire, South Wales and South Scotland, all making creamers in the Staffordshire style.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery