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Bull: Glaisher MS Catalogue 2771

Object information

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Factory: Mafra Factory




Earthenware painted in blue, green, manganese-brown and white under lead glaze


History note: Purchased at Gibralter from Benthel ? for £1 on 2 January 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 36 cm
Length: 42.5 cm

Relative size of this object

42.5 cm36 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Caldas da Reinha ⪼ Portugal

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 19th Century
Circa 1890 CE - 1900 CE


This model was probably derived from a marble, bronze or plaster bull after the antique. The type was derived from a Roman bull from Ostia, in the Sala degli Animali of the Museo Pio Clementino in the Vatican, illustrated in Ennio Quirino Visconti's 'Museo Pio Clementino', vol. VII, 1809, pl. XXXI, 2. The pottery model is very close in size to an 18th century bronze bull in the Ashmolean Museum, acquired in Genoa in 1848 by C.D.E. Fortnum

Components of the work


Materials used in production

presumed Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a crown with the words below it

  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: Glaisher MS Catalogue 2771
Primary reference Number: 169688
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 May 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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