Sunderland Pink Lustre Relief Jug with Dogs - image 1 of 12

Lustreware has its origins in the Middle East over a thousand years ago, but the type we today know as Sunderland pottery was first developed, not by the Sunderland-area potteries, but by the Wedgwood factory in Staffordshire around 1805. Its quick rise in popularity and its less costly manufacture attracted the attention of the potteries in Sunderland, which then churned pieces out for the masses. In turn, potteries throughout the north of England began producing various lustre wares into the 1930s. Most are unmarked, so attribution can be difficult. The term, “Sunderland lustreware,” has morphed into a term for the style of this pottery, and not an indication of its origin. It is most known for its striking pink coloration, but other colors were used, including copper, orange and silver.

Unsurprisingly, Sunderland pottery is now very collectible. But don’t take my word for it, as even a quick Wikipedia search will tell you that it is.

This fine example is on par with those shown in Figure 528 in “An Illustrated Guide to British Jugs,” but I must admit liking this one more because of its celebration of dogs. It features a pretty-in-pink setter hunting down a pheasant on one side and two other handsome pink dogs on the other. It even has a dog’s head as part of the handle. According to the Guide, it dates to around 1820-1830.

The condition is excellent for its age of some 200 years. The only flaws I’ve found are a few very small losses of paint here and there.

It measures 7-½ inches high and 9-¾ inches from handle to spout. Because of its bulbous shape, it looks larger than these measurements.


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Sunderland Pink Lustre Relief Jug with Dogs

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