Mug with the Monogram GR

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Westerwald Region, Germany, Europe

c. 1714-1727

Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt and manganese decoration

Height: 6 5/16 inches (16 cm) Diameter: 4 5/8 inches (11.7 cm) Width (including handle): 5 11/16 inches (14.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with Special Museum Funds, 1907

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Stoneware—a dense, high-fired ceramic—is especially suitable for holding liquids. The Westerwald region in Germany on the Rhine River was a prolific center for stoneware production from the seventeenth century onward and its handsome cobalt blue and gray wares were widely exported, not least to North America. This jug, made for the British market, represents a type of vessel traded to English colonists. Its incised and applied decorations consist of Germanic folk motifs.