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Grotesque Jug

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1947M190
Collection:Applied Art - Pottery
Date:1901 - 1903

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Robert Wallace Martin - View biography for Robert Wallace Martin
Manufacturer:Martin Brothers - View history


Wallace Martin (1843-1924) received formal art training as a sculptor, but later worked at the Doulton Lambeth pottery, where he learned the essentials of making, decorating and firing stonewares. He was joined by his three younger brothers, two of whom had also been taught art and worked at Doultons, in the establishment of the first craftsman-led pottery. The brothers undertook all aspects of the making, decorating and firing of their work, anticipating the pattern of studio pottery working during the twentieth century.This jug has a mouth with integral spout set at front and a broad strap handle attached at rim and halfway down body. It is modelled on each side with a grotesque smiling face wearing a barristers wig and is decorated with an orange-brown glaze.

Presented by Frederick Nettlefold in accordance with the wishes of his brother, the late Joseph Henry Nettlefold, 1882.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Saltglaze stoneware.
Place of Origin:London, England


Height:17.2 cm