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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Jug.
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This earthenware jug was made by the Nautilus Porcelain Company of Possil Pottery in Glasgow. It dates from around 1900.

The jug is transfer-printed with a blue and white 'Watteau' pattern. This pattern is traditionally two groups walking or reclining in a landscape with classical ruins. It was also produced by other companies.

Founded originally as the Saracen Pottery in the Possilpark area of Glasgow in 1875, this firm began manufacturing a wide range of domestic wares, changing its name to the Possil Pottery Co. in 1895. In 1894 the Nautilus Porcelain Company was formed, producing a range of soft paste porcelain wares influenced by Worcester and Limoges. This company then bought the now bankrupt Possil Pottery Co. in 1896. They continued producing both earthenware and porcelain until the company was forced to close in 1911. In 1918 the works were acquired by Tennants the brewers and produced stoneware bottles and jars until 1948.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-612-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.906
Date: Around 1900
c. 1900
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: Mark: THE NAUTILUS PORCELAIN Co. / TRADE MARK / M / POSSIL POTTERY / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 275 mm H x 265 mm L (incl handle) x 135 mm rim W
Who: Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Possil Park
Description: Large earthenware jug with a blue and white 'Watteau' pattern of figures in a classical landscape, made by the Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possilpark, Glasgow, c. 1900
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