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Cat: C.255-2015

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Designer: Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri
Maker: Omega Workshops
George Schenk




Earthenware, press-moulded with modelled features and decorated with brown and green glazes.

Stylised cat, with upright head to right and facing forward, lying on a rectangular base shaped as a cushion. Features on the head and paws picked out with incised lines and impressions, and the whole decorated with brown and green glazed, applied over each other. The underside has a central vent hole and is glazed.


History note: Daniel Katz. Private Collection.

Legal notes

Given by Daniel Katz in recognition of the Directorship of Timothy Potts

Measurements and weight

Depth: 7.8 cm
Length: 13 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Mitcham ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-07-15) by Katz, Danny


First quarter of 20th century
Production date: AD 1914


Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) was a French sculptor. In January 1911 he moved to London, where friendships with Ezra Pound, Jacob Epstein and others introduced him to the simplified forms of contemporary sculpture, to which he often added his own humorous twist. His work was illustrated in the Vorticist magazine ‘Blast’, though he also continued his interest in figurative work. He was killed in action during World War I, while serving with the French Army.

Omega Workshops was a set up by Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell in 1913. Gaudier-Brzeska sold sculptures through Omega and occasionally took on decorative projects for them, including designs for trays and furniture. It was probably produced by George Schenk of Mitcham, who made other Omega ceramics, and was made in at least eight differently coloured versions. A plain white version was sold Christie's London (King Street), 12 December 2008, lot 134. A white/green version was formerly with Anthony d'Offay, London and a pale brown version with black markings (on a partly blue base) was formerly with Daniel Katz Ltd. An orange-brown version is in the collection of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, presented by the Contemporary Art Society. A dark brown lustre version is in a private collection. There is a related drawing at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge and another at Musée des Beaux Arts in Orléans. An oil painting, 'Still Life with Omega Cat' painted in 1918 by Edward Wolfe in Nina Hamnett's studio in Fitzroy Street, London, is at Charleston Farmhouse (accession number CHA/P/213).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze ( brown, green)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Modelling : Earthenware, moulded, modelled and glazed.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: within a rectangular outline

  • Text: Omega symbol
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.255-2015
Primary reference Number: 206889
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Created: Tuesday 3 November 2015 Updated: Thursday 13 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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