Antiques column: The relief moulded jug explained

A 19th century relief moulded jug
A 19th century relief moulded jug

The Worcester porcelain factories still exists today. The factory was founded in 1751 by John Wall, a doctor of medicine, and William Davies, an apothecary.

As a utilitarian vessel, the pottery jug has existed for centuries. Along with other pots the early forms were crude, and it was not until about 1700 that significant advances in potting techniques led to more sophisticated wares.

By the end of the 18th century a wide variety of high quality jugs were available, many with relief decoration, although at this period the decoration was usually moulded separately and then applied to a relatively simple jug form.

Read William’s full column in this week’s (31 July) people’s paper.