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Stoneware jug with pale brown salt glaze. It is decorated with a bearded man's face on the neck, a line of foliage around the waist and leaves, some of which are in circles. This type of jug is called the 'Bartmann jug'. These decorated stoneware jugs, made in Cologne in Germany, started to appear in London by 1510. They were luxury items used by the upper and middle classes to serve wine at the dinner table. At this time people started to have more disposable income to spend on fancy tableware to impress their friends. Since stoneware was cheaper than glass and silverware, the middle classes could afford it, and used it to imitate the fine dining habits of the rich.
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