Saltglaze stoneware spirit flask: 19th century

Doulton and Watts

 
Saltglaze stoneware spirit flask: 19th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

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Saltglaze stoneware spirit flask. A Reform Bill commemorative spirit flask depicting Lord John Russell, by Doulton and Watts, c1832. The document in his hand reads "The True Spirit of Reform". Politicians who promoted the Great Reform Bill were seen as heroes. Pottery manufacturers, such as Doulton & Watts in Lambeth, made portrait gin flasks depicting leading figures such as Lord John Russell, Lord Brougham and Lord Grey. Taking samples to Birmingham and Manchester, John Doulton returned with many orders. Over 20 potters worked flat out to meet the demand for such pieces. It was said that London gin tasted better when it was drunk from the head of the Lord Chancellor.

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