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Stoneware jug, 'Eglinton Tournament', white body, relief-moulded with a scenes of jousting knights on horseback on each side, flanked by standing figures in armour, with a tent in the centre, beneath the spout. The scenes framed by gothic arches above and a foliate frieze below. Below the scenes a broad band with vine wreath, a frieze of gothic arches on the underside on the body, set on a scalloped foot with foliate decoration. The interior with shiny glaze.
- Production date
- 1840 (designed)
Height: 22.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This jug celebreates the Eglinton Tournament, a re-enactment of a medieval tournament, mounted by Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton, in 1839, to supplement what he saw as meagre celebrations for the Coronation of Queen Victoria. It was held at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire. Although spoilt by torrential rain, it attracted around 100,000 visitors and was widely reported in the press, inspiring several other products. For the Eglinton Tournamet, see I. Anstruther, 'The Knight and the Umbrella: An Account of the Eglinton Tornament', London 1963. For further discussion of Ridgeway's Eglinton jug, see R. K. Henrywood, 'Relief-Moulded Jugs 1820-1900', Woodbridge 1984, p. 68-9. The jug was also made in sage green and with a pewter lid. See also blog post by The Higgins, Bedford: http://thehigginsbedfordcollections.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/object-of-week-eglinton-tournament-jug.html (accessed 18.1.2017)
William Ridgeway is the name most associated with the production of relief-moulded jugs. Many of them may have been desgined by his partner, James Leonard Abington.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: The Eglinton Tournament 1839
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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