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Bear jug: C.1257 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Probably Unidentified Nottingham pottery


Brown stoneware decorated with applied shredded clay, and white clay, and salt-glazed. Made in the form of a bear sitting up on its haunches and hugging a small dog with its forepaws. The detachable head forms a cup. The surface, except for the face and paws, and the figure of the dog, is coated with rough shreds of clay to indicate fur. The bear wears a muzzle, and this, together with the eyes, teeth, and chain of five links passing through the nose, is rendered by applied strips of white clay.


History note: Purchased in London in 1914 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nottingham ⪼ Nottinghamshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Second half of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1750 CE - 1780 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1257 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71676
Old object number: 3706
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 December 2018 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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