M990.778.1 | Jug

 
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Jug
Lionel Abington
About 1846-1849, 19th century
Stoneware, glaze (salt); Relief-moulded
25 x 10 cm
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. E. T. (Helen) Renouf
M990.778.1
© McCord Museum
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This relief-moulded jug was created by Lionel Abington, the man responsible for the fine work that came out of the Ridgway ceramics company. Patented in 1846, this somewhat rare model was produced for only a relatively short time. The trellised grapes and leaves on the vine were representative of the naturalism favoured during the Victorian era. The motif of climbing plants was very popular at the time because it could be adapted to a wide range of pottery forms.