Thirty gallon jug, England

Thirty gallon jug, England

Thirty gallon jug
Made by Bourne, Baker & Bourne
England, Staffordshire
About 1830
Lead-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed before glazing
Museum no. 53-1870
Given by Mrs Illidge. Formerly in the London showrooms of Messrs Neale & Bailey

Although not intended for use, this tour de force of Staffordshire pottery illustrates a typical product of 19th-century ceramics: blue-and-white, transfer-printed earthenware.

In transfer printing, a design was printed onto paper and then transferred to the surface of an unglazed pot. The technique transformed the Staffordshire industry and the market for cheap, earthenware pottery worldwide.